Three people are dead after a crash on Interstate 40 in Gray County.

Monday morning, Jimmy N. Franco of Bigfork, Minn., was traveling eastbound in his 2000 Ford F550 on I-40 one mile west of mile marker 142 when one of its front tires blew out.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Franco’s truck broke through the cable barrier and crossed the center median. The vehicle moved to the westbound lanes of traffic, striking a 2010 Freightliner conversion truck and a 2010 Dodge Avenger. The truck was towing a 2013 Stroughton Box Trailer.

Franco, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and died instantly. Dodge Avenger driver, Barbara J. Seibert, 84, of Hot Springs, was also pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing a seat belt, according to the DPS.

An update confirms that a third person, Steven J. Box, died from injuries sustained in the fatal wreck on Monday. Box was pronounced dead at 11:06 am at Northwest Texas Hospital.

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