AUGUST 29, 2014 - SAN ANGELO, Texas - A South Texas man was identified as the driver killed Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash in Irion County.
Rafael Miranda Jr., 24, of Hidalgo, about 460 miles south of San Angelo, was pronounced dead at the scene by Irion County Justice of the Peace Donna Smith, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The collision happened at 5:47 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 67 about 4 miles east of Barnhart. Miranda was traveling in a Ford F-150 extended cab pickup westbound on U.S. Highway 67 when he struck the right rear of a Kenworth Truck Tractor pulling a tank semitrailer, the news release states.
Miranda's pickup came to a rest facing southwest in the inside lane of westbound U.S. Highway 67. The truck came to a rest a short distance west of the crash on the shoulder of westbound U.S. Highway 67, the news releases states.
It is not known at this time why Miranda's pickup struck the rear of the truck, the release states.
Miranda died as result of injuries from the crash, DPS Trooper Shawn Baxter said. No other injuries were reported.
DPS is also investigating a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 163 in Crockett County that happened just after 7 a.m. Thursday. At least two people were transported to a hospital in San Angelo by ambulance with unknown injuries, according to the Crockett County Sheriff's Office.
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