Head-On Collision Kills One in Gray County

An Amarillo woman was killed in Gray County Friday morning after her vehicle was involved in a head-on collision. At least one other has been hospitalized.

Details of the Fatal Head-On Collision

According to the Amarillo Globe-News, 32-year-old Kaycee Ellis was fatally injured at around 3:05 am Friday when her Infinity SUV collided head-on with a 2017 Ford XLT truck on Interstate 40.

Officials believe Ellis was traveling in the wrong lane of traffic when the crash occurred; however, they have not determined why Ellis’ vehicle crossed into the path of oncoming traffic.

The driver of the truck, 67-year-old Brent Palmer, sustained serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to an area hospital.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 traffic-related deaths were recorded in Texas in 2016, marking a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015.
  • 1,972 of the deaths recorded in 2016 were attributed to crashes that occurred in rural areas of the state.
  • Head-on collision killed 638 people in 2016.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in car crashes in Texas in 2016.



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