Two dead in fiery crash on US 281 overnight



ERATH COUNTY (June 26, 2016) – The Tarleton and Stephenville communities are grieving Sunday morning as news broke that the Tarleton Texan football team has lost another member.

Stephenville High School (class of ’13) grad Alex Sanchez was killed when his 2014 Chrysler 300 crossed the center lane and struck a 1997 Ford pickup. The crash also killed Lyle Thomas Hussong, 26, also of Stephenville.

Alex Sanchez

According to Sr. Texas DPS Trooper and PIO Dub Gillum, around 2 a.m. Sanchez’ car was traveling northbound on US 281 near mile point 314 when he drove on the wrong side of the highway, not passing, and struck the pickup driven by Hussong. Gillum said the pickup was actually on the southbound shoulder when it was struck and flipped, landing upside-down. He also reported the Chrysler caught fire and burned.

Several Erath County fire departments responded along with Erath County EMS, Cross Timbers First Responders and others.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. US Highway 281 was closed for approximately three hours as DPS investigated. Hussong has a Stephenville address, but Gillum said he was from Ohio.


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