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A traffic accident near the 186 mile marker of Interstate Highway 20 early Saturday morning claimed the life of a California man and sent one other person to the hospital in serious but stable condition, according to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Ronald Anthony Webb, 66, of Redland, Calif., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Howard County Justice of the Peace Quail Dobbs at 5:51 a.m.
According to an accident report filed by DPS Trooper Kenneth Reed â€” the officer in charge of the investigation â€” the crash was reported at approximately 3:45 a.m. near the Salem Road exit in the westbound lane of Interstate Highway 20.
A 2003 Ford Mustang had become disabled in the right lane of the highway, according to the report, when a Volvo tractor trailer driven by Webb struck it from behind, causing both vehicles to roll.
According to reports, the driver of the Mustang was identified as 25-year-old Bobby Wayne Flores of Weatherford, Texas. Both Flores and a passenger in the tractor trailer, 50-year-old Esther Webb of Redlands, Calif., were transported to the emergency room at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
Ronald Webb was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to the report, as was Flores. Esther Webb, however, was not wearing a safety belt and suffered head injuries. She was transported from the scene in serious but stable condition. Flores suffered minor injuries in the crash.
According to Reed's report, road conditions were dry and clear at the time of the accident. The DPS report did not note what caused Flores to stop his vehicle in the right lane of I-20 instead of the shoulder, however.
No citations were issued as a result of the crash. The westbound lane of I-20 was closed down following the accident until much later that afternoon, according to DPS officials.