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3 Dead in Fatal Crash Near Wichita Falls, Texas

On August 5, a 23-year-old Maud High School graduate and a 17-year-old  who attended the high school were killed in a car crash near Wichita Falls, Texas.

The 17-year-old would have started her senior year at Maud High School on August 7.

About the Deadly Accident

Cody Goss, 23, and Lacy Mullings, 17, died at the scene of the accident last Tuesday along with the driver of another pickup.

According to the Shawnee Texas Star, the two Maud students were riding in a pickup that was traveling westbound along U.S. 82 between Wichita Falls and Seymour, Texas when pickup traveling in the opposite direction drifted across the median at a curve in the road.

The eastbound pickup first collided with a westbound vehicle that traveling in front of Goss and Mullings, then struck the pickup that was carrying the students, causing at least one vehicle to catch fire.

The driver of the eastbound pickup was pronounced dead at the accident scene, as were Goss and Mullings. The passenger of the eastbound truck suffered critical injuries. No injuries were reported in connection with the occupants of the third vehicle.

The Maud community is mourning the of Gross and Mullings, and students from Maud High School are going to be offered trauma counseling and health assistance. The Texas Department of Public Safety is still investigating the accident.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • In 2013, there were 3,377 traffic related deaths recorded in Texas. This marks a 1.05 percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • 55.76 percent of all traffic fatalities occurred in rural areas, and head-on collisions accounted for 523 deaths.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in 2013 due to traffic incidents with 89,270 people suffering a serious injury.
  • Using available data, TxDOT estimates that:
  • One person was killed every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
  • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
  • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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