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1 killed, 2 injured in 2-car head-on crash on Hwy 351 near Hamby

Woman stays beside injured man at fatal wreck

HAMBY, Texas - A two-car accident on Hwy 351 northeast of Abilene near Hamby resulted Thursday in at least fatality and two injured – including one being taken to the hospital via medical helicopter.

The Department of Public Safety, while not releasing the names of those involved in the accident, said the driver of a passenger car traveling north on Hwy 351 lost control of the vehicle, crossed the southbound lane and crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle that was traveling south.

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The accident, which claimed the life of the car driver, occurred about 3:25 p.m.

A passenger in the car and the driver of the SUV were taken to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.  It wasn't immediately known how seriously the two were injured.

Selinda Taylor, who lives in Henrietta, was on her way home Thursday when she passed by the accident.

"At first I thought it was construction," Taylor said. "Then I saw that red car and I knew it was a bad accident."

Taylor pulled over and climbed into the passenger side of the white Tahoe and began talking to the driver, keeping him awake while they both waited for help to arrive.

"Nobody was over there with him, so I just climbed in there with him and tried to comfort him and pray with him until help arrived," Taylor said.

Taylor waited by his side until he was loaded into the back of an ambulance and taken to a hospital, she called his wife to tell her he was OK.

"I assured her he was alive and talking," Taylor said.

The crash remains under investigation.

KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.

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Sgt. Frederick Biddle with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the deceased was the female driver of a maroon car.

Biddle said the maroon car was traveling north on Hwy 351 and lost control, moving into the oncoming lane. A white Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling south in the opposite lane and the two cars collided around 4 p.m.

The passenger in the maroon car was taken to Hendrick Medical Center by helicopter. The driver of the Tahoe was transported by ambulance to Hendrick Medical Center.

The victims' conditions are unknown at this time, and their identities have not been released.

The accident occurred before 4 p.m. Thursday.

KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.


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