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UPDATE: Names released in fatal Wood Co. wreck

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A three-vehicle wreck has claimed the lives of two people.

The crash happened Tuesday morning on Highway 69, just south of Alba.

Shattered remains--pieces of plastic, metal and glass turned that stretch of 69 into a war zone.

Authorities say it all started when the driver of the Honda Accord, 69-year-old Margaret Miller of Sherman, stopped to turn left into a rest area.

Another vehicle hit the Honda from behind--forcing it into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lane.

Authorities say Miller's Honda was broad-sided by a Toyota Camry. The impact tore the Honda in two.

Initially, Miller was presumed dead.

"Someone covered her up, thought she was deceased. And when they actually got to checking a little bit further she had, I guess a weak pulse," says DPS Trooper Brandon Owens. Miller was flown to a Tyler hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

Inside the Camry were 74-year-old Angela Shoffstall of Fairview and 74-year-old Suzan Fincher of Sherman. Fincher did not survive. Shoffstall was air-lifted to ETMC in Tyler where she is listed in fair condition.

Further down the highway we found the truck-flipped upside down and in pieces. The driver, identified as 38-year-old Michael West of Alba, was the only one inside. West was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tammy Porter and her 15-year-old son were traveling just feet behind the Camry when it crashed into the Accord.  

And just seconds before the crash, she thought about passing the Camry. But she says if she did, her son would have died.

"It would have been my son that would have passed because the driver of this car survived, "Porter expressed, "It was the passenger that passed away."

Both of the injured females were flown to ETMC in Tyler.

A blood test is being done on the driver of the pickup, though right now authorities do not believe alcohol contributed to this wreck.

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