1 dead after 18-wheeler strikes pedestrians pushing vehicle in Gregg County

1 dead after 18-wheeler strikes pedestrians pushing vehicle in Gregg County

GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - One person is dead after an 18-wheeler struck two pedestrians pushing a vehicle on Interstate 20.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred at about 1:56 a.m. Friday about a half mile from Kilgore in Gregg County.

The DPS preliminary crash investigation indicated the driver and passenger of a 2003 Ford Ranger, that was traveling westbound on I-20, got out of the car due to mechanical problems and began pushing the vehicle.

According to the preliminary crash investigation, a 18-wheeler then struck the disabled Ford Ranger along with one of the people pushing the car.

The man, identified as James Michael Evans, 56, of Kilgore was declared dead at the scene.

The driver and the passenger of the 18-wheeler, identified as William Rex Weimer, 42, and Walter Helmuth Behringer, 58, both from Brukesville, Kentucky, were not injured in the crash.

According to DPS, the crash remains under investigation.

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