September 6, 2014 - NEAR HARTLEY, TEXAS - Officials said a 29-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle accident just east of Hartley on Friday afternoon. A tractor-trailer was eastbound on U.S. Highway 287 about 3:35 p.m. when the driver lost control, crossed the center stripe and slammed into the left back quarter panel of a westbound Buick LaCrosse, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news Release.
The driver of the Buick — William John Vise, 29, of Amarillo — was transported to Moore County Hospital in Dumas, where he later died of injuries sustained in the crash. DPS said the tractor-trailer was traveling too fast in wet road conditions.
The driver of the tractor-trailer — Timothy Keith Wolske, 32, of Amarillo — and his passenger were uninjured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
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