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Woman, Toddler Killed in Texas Crash  


A woman and a toddler were killed Friday as a result of a three-vehicle crash near Van Zandt County. Several others were injured in the collision.

Details of the Fatal Texas Crash

According to reports, the crash occurred around 9:55 pm Friday on Interstate 20.

A preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-350 was traveling eastbound on I-20 when it rear-ended a Ford Taurus. The force of the initial impact caused the Taurus to crash into the back of an Audi.

Two passengers of the Taurus, Whitney Brewer McGaughey, 33, and a 20-month-old baby, were killed in the collision. The driver of the Taurus, Michael Shawn McGaughey, 32, was transported to Tyler hospital with critical injuries.

Several passengers of the Audi, identified as Alison Kravetz, 47, Deanne Kravetz, 79, and three children, ages 13, 12, and 10, were also injured in the crash.

The driver of the Audi, David Hemple, 44, and the driver of the F-350, Terry Donte Rose, 48, were not injured in the collision.

The accident remains under investigation, and it is unclear if charges will be filed.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

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

  • 3,773 people were killed in traffic crashes in Texas in 2016. This marks a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2105.
  • Crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 51.47 percent of traffic-related fatalities, totaling 1,972 deaths.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable crash data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a car crash in Texas every 2 hours and 20 minutes
    • A person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds

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