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DPS: 1 dead, child injured after crash in Yoakum County east of Plains

YOAKUM COUNTY, Texas - The Texas Department of Public Safety reported a fatal collision occurred on US 380, one mile west of FM 1780, around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday. The crash took place in Yoakum County, east of Plains.

Cornelio Krahn Schmidt, 39, of Seminole, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the second vehicle, David Harder, 33, of Brownfield, was not injured. Harder's 5-year-old son was taken to Brownfield Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.

Harder was traveling westbound. Schmidt, in a seperate vehicle, was traveling eastbound when they collided head-on.

The investigation showed the left front wheel came off Schmidt's truck. As a result, DPS said Schmidt was unable to control the vehicle, forcing the truck into oncoming traffic.

Both vehicles were pulling farm trailers, DPS said.


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