A member of the Campbell Volunteer Fire Department was injured and a Kentucky man was killed in a Tuesday night two-vehicle head-on collision on State Highway 24.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Kyle Bradford said the accident occurred at about 7:20 p.m. on the overpass across Interstate 30 near the 101 mile marker.
A Mazda 3, driven by Larry Cooper, 24, of Union, Kentucky was southbound on the roadway, while a Dodge 2500 pickup was proceeding northbound.
“For an unknown reason, the Mazda veered into the northbound lanes and struck the other vehicle,” Bradford said.
Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while a female occupant of the Mazda and the driver of the Dodge were transported via air ambulance to Medical City Plano with non-life threatening injuries.
Wednesday afternoon the fire department issued a statement on its Facebook page, indicating what firefighters learned at the crash site.
“When we arrived on scene, we came to discover that the accident which had claimed the life of one person and required two others to be taken from the scene by air ambulance, involved one of our own Campbell firefighters in their personal vehicle. At this time, out of respect for all parties involved and in accordance with the HIPAA Act of 1996 and an ongoing investigation by the Department of Public Safety, we cannot and will not be releasing the identity of any individuals involved. The hearts and prayers of every member of our department are with these individuals and their friends and families in this difficult time. We would like to thank AMR, Hunt County Sheriff's Department, Hopkins County EMS, Texas Department of Public Safety, AirEvac, Flight for Life, Cash Fire and Commerce Fire for their support and assistance, and we would like to commend our own members who went above and beyond to maintain their composure and their professionalism in handling what was certainly a difficult call.”