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1 Dead, 1 Injured in Abilene Collision

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A man is dead following a fiery collision on Highway 277 near Abilene Wednesday night.  

Details of the Fatal Crash

KTXS reports that 28-year-old Timothy Allen Shepard was killed Wednesday when his car was struck by another vehicle on Highway 277, roughly nine miles south of Abilene.

Authorities state that the accident occurred around 6:30 pm. Shepard was traveling south on Highway 277 when another vehicle traveling north crossed into oncoming traffic. The driver of the other vehicle, Justin Lee Lett, 26, attempted to avoid Shepard but failed.

Lett’s vehicle slammed into Shepard’s sending both cars into a ditch. Shepard’s vehicle was trapped under Lett’s, and both vehicles caught fire.

Shepard was pronounced dead at the scene – Lett was treated and released from Hendrick Medcial Center.

The accident is still under investigation.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,337 traffic related deaths in 2013.
  • Fatality data marked a slight decrease of 1.05 percent from the previous year when 3,413 deaths were recorded.
  • 523 people were killed in head-on collisions, and 1,883 deaths occurred in rural areas.
  • TxDOT also reports that 232,041 people were injured in Texas auto accidents in 2013 with 89,270 people sustaining serious injury.


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