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Hazardous travel conditions lead to death of Houston man

The Clarendon Enterprise of Clarendon, Texas

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Severe weather before the holidays caused several wrecks including one fatality near Goodnight, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Thirty-two-year-old Guadalupe Sigala of Houston died of injuries sustained December 21 in a two-vehicle crash 13 miles east of Claude on US 287. Sigala died at Northwest

Texas Hospital on December 23.

The DPS reported that Guadalupe was traveling South on US 287 on ice and slush and was traveling to fast for the conditions.

Guadalupe lost control of his 2002 Chevy pickup. The Chevy slid across the median into the oncoming lane of US 287, and was struck by a 2004 Volvo truck tractor semi-trailer.

Both drivers were transported to the hospital at the time of the crash. The truck driver 51-year-old Richard McKay had serious injuries. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Statewide from December 21 to December 22, DPS responded to 119 accidents. Many of these included multiple vehicles within an accident and/or additions wrecks due to the 1st accident.

This does not count stuck vehicles that DPS Troopers ran traffic control until a tow truck or 3rd party could pull the vehicle out.

Also several vehicles pulling loads were safety escorted at slow speeds by DPS Commercial Enforcement Troopers to secure parking locations due to unsafe driving conditions.

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Original Publication Date: January 2, 2014

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