Texas fireplace chief, volunteer firefighter killed in crash

DALHART, Texas (AP) — The main of a Texas Panhandle volunteer fireplace section and a single of his firefighters were being killed when a tractor-trailer rig slammed head-on into their section sport utility motor vehicle, officials said Tuesday.

The crash transpired at about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 54 northeast of Dalhart, about 70 miles (112 kilometers) northwest of Amarillo, the Texas Section of Community Protection explained in a assertion.

The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Division SUV was returning to the station from a phone when the tractor-trailer touring the opposite route tried a pass on the two-lane road and slammed into the SUV, killing Hearth Chief Curtis Brown, 51, and Firefighter Brendan Torres, 19, DPS Sgt. Cindy Barkley mentioned.

The truck driver was taken to a healthcare facility with unknown accidents, Barkley reported.

The investigation was ongoing, she stated.

Dalhart is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of the Oklahoma border, 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of the New Mexico line and 65 miles (105 kilometers) south of the Kansas-Oklahoma border.

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