Fatal crash on Hwy. 24

Apr 11, 2013

The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. Thursday near Cooper, close to the intersection with County Road 2000.

The drivers of two large trucks were killed this morning when their vehicles collided head-on and burst into flames in Delta County, according to Texas Department of Public Safety reports.  George Eugene Smith, 45, of Ada, Okla., and Terry Dean Johnson, 62, of Bonham, died in the crash on State Highway 24, about one mile south of Cooper.

Smith was reported to be driving a one-ton box truck southbound on the highway when his truck crossed into the northbound lanes and collided with Johnson's truck, which was carrying 6,600 gallons of unleaded gasoline and 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and next of kin have been notified, DPS said.

 The highway will remain closed through Thursday afternoon, officials said.