Lubbock woman, Austin man killed in Monday morning crash, DPS says

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On Monday morning, the Texas Department of Public Safety released details about a crash in Randall County that took the life of a Lubbock woman.

DPS said at about 1:10 a.m., a tow truck crashed into an 18-wheeler about one mile south of Amarillo on FM 1541.  DPS said the 18-wheeler was backing into a loading dock but crossing 1541 while doing it. 

The tow-truck was going north on 1541 and it hit the trailer of the 18-wheeler, DPS said. 

The driver of the tow-truck, Adam Taulbee, 28, of Austin, died at the scene.  A passenger in the tow-truck, Laura Almanza, 28, of Lubbock also died, DPS said.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Conditions were dry, and both victims were using seat belts.  The posted speed limit, DPS said, was 55 mph. 

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