The Texas Department of Public Safety provided information regarding a two-vehicle accident in Sherman County on Tuesday afternoon that killed one person and wounded two others.
A 2007 GMC Yukon carrying a Yacht Club boat trailer was parked on the southbound improved shoulder of US 287 about three miles south of Stratford, according to a news release. A 2008 Peterbilt Truck tractor carrying a semi-trailer was travelling south on US 287 when the semi’s driver, Richard Sumpter, 68, of Fowler, Colorado, noticed the Yukon on the shoulder and merged into the inside lane. Tina Hunley, 46, of Fort Lupton, Colorado, drove the Yukon off the improved shoulder and back onto the roadway to make a left turn at a neighbouring turn around.
According to DPS, Hunley made an unsafe turn and cut into the path of the semi, which impacted the SUV on the driver’s side. The Yukon and boat trailer came to rest in the northbound lanes, looking north. The semi-truck slid onto its left side and came to a stop in the northbound lanes, facing south.
Hunley was brought to a hospital in Dumas with critical injuries, and she died as a result of her injuries in the crash. Dr. Bhula pronounced her dead.
Two Yukon passengers were hurt. William Hunley, 45, of Fort Lupton, Colorado, was treated at the scene and released. An 11-year-old girl from Fort Lupton, Colorado, was also brought to the Dumas hospital with significant injuries.
According to DPS, Hunley and both passengers were wearing seat belts at the time of the incident.
Sumpter, the semi’s driver, was also wearing a seat belt. He was not hurt.
The posted speed limit was 75 mph, and the road was dry and windy. The Texas Highway Patrol Troopers are still investigating the crash.