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Names Released; Three Killed In Accident Near Gainesville


Authorities have released the identities of the three people killed in fiery accident that happened on Interstate 35 south of Gainesville just before noon Monday.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a red semi tried to get around several other vehicles entering a construction zone that narrows into one lane. The 18-wheeler hit one car, which burst into flames. 

Troopers say, the three people killed are Anthony and Kimberly Brandon, of Bedford, and 55-year-old Darryl Hoosier of Lafayette, Louisiana.

The 18-wheeler was reportedly driven by 59-year-old James Crayton, of Dallas, who apparently never slowed before slamming into the Brandons' car, which exploded on impact.

"Not paying attention as far as we know," says Trooper Mark Tackett, of the cause of the collision. "We don't know the reason, just everything's still currently under investigation."

Tackett says the truck then slammed into another car, driven by 63-year-old Carol Whale of Yalaha, Florida. He and his wife, 61-year-old Linda Whaley, were injured.

Carol Whaley was last listed in fair condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Linda Whaley was treated and released at North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville.

Crayton, the semi driver, was taken to North Texas Medical Center for testing and questioning.

All northbound traffic was shut down and diverted to access roads