Victims' names released in Gainesville accident

GAINESVILLE, Texas (AP) - Authorities have released the identies of the three people killed in a midday chain collision on Interstate 35 near Gainesville today. Two other people were injured.

The crash happened on I-35 northbound at the Elm Creek bridge near FM 1306, where two lanes narrow into one because of bridge maintenance. That's about two miles southwest of Gainesville and about 13 miles south of the Oklahoma border.

The Texas Department of Public Safety identifies the three people killed as Anthony and Kimberly Brandon of Bedford, for whom no ages were available, and 55-year-old Darryl Hoosier of Lafayette, La.

DPS Trooper Mark Tackett says an 18-wheeler driven by 59-year-old James Crayton of Dallas apparently never slowed before slamming into the Brandons' car, which exploded on impact.

Tackett says the truck then slammed into another car driven by 63-year-old Carol Whale of Yalaha, Fla. He and his wife, 61-year-old Linda Whaley, were injured. Carol Whaley was listed in fair condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, while Linda Whaley was treated and released at North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville.

Tackett says the 18-wheeler then rammed the car driven by Haney into the rear of another 18-wheeler, killing him. The driver of the second truck was not injured. Crayton was taken to North Texas Medical Center for testing and questioning.

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