Car and fire truck collide, killing two

Published: Jul. 10, 2016 at 9:52 PM CDT
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FANNIN COUNTY, Texas -- A car and a fire truck collided Sunday, killing two people and injuring another.

Officials said it happened around 4:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 82 near Bonham.

Authorities said 22-year-old Christopher Nelson of Austin, Ark. was driving a fire truck east on the highway when one of the front tires blew out.

Nelson lost control and went into the westbound lane.

A westbound car approaching the fire truck then veered into the ditch, where both vehicles collided.

Officials said Jose and Ana Chavez of Reno, Texas died on scene.

A passenger in the fire truck was taken to Texoma Medical Center.

Troopers said Nelson had just purchased the fire truck from the North Shore VFD. Officers said Nelson was driving it back to Arkansas at the time of the crash.

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