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July 13, 2014

Driver in fatal accident identified

The driver of a Ford F-250 pick-up truck who was killed in a two car motor vehicle accident Friday afternoon was identified by authorities as Matthew Murphy, 44, of Winnsboro.

His 8-year-old passenger was taken to a Dallas-area hospital via helicopter Friday, but HIPAA rules prevent authorities from releasing information on his identity or condition. The driver of the 18-wheeler semi-trailer also involved in the accident was identified as Mukesh Patel, 52, from Plainfield, Ind. He was not injured in the crash.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lonny Lonny Haschel, the accident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. Patel was traveling on Interstate 30 Eastbound in front of Murphy when Patel reduced his speed due to traffic ahead.

Murphy did not notice the reduction in speed in time, and attempted evasive actions before hitting the back of Patel’s semi-trailer.

Murphy was later pronounced dead on the scene. The accident occurred near mile marker 108.

Eastbound lanes of I-30 were backed up for miles following the crash, and the highway wasn’t opened back up until well into the evening hours.

The fatal crash was the second major accident on I-30E Friday. In the morning, a van pulling a trailer struck a guard wall before flipping over near mile marker 104. No one was seriously injured in that accident.

Multiple fatal accidents have occurred on local roads in 2014.

On June 5,  Landon B. Dyer, 28, of Sulphur Springs, was killed when he entered I-30E going to wrong way and was involved in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler.

 George Taylor, Sr., and Ashtyn Clark were both killed in a car accident a few miles south of the Hunt County border on June 7.

And Justin Bruckner of Royse City was driving a 2000 Yamaha motorcycle westbound on I-30 when he hit a northbound Ford Focus which had made an unsafe turn near mile marker 82.

He died of his wounds in a Dallas-area hospital on June 7.

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