OTTO, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: Two separate crashes in Falls County result in two fatalities.
The Falls County Sheriff’s Office says the first crash happened at approximately 3 am Sunday at County Road 159, near FM-1240 – northeast of Marlin. A Dodge Ram pickup truck left the roadway and rolled over at a bridge near Big Creek. This resulted in two people being air lifted to the hospital, and one person dead.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says the deceased passenger has been identified as 19-year-old Julia Black, of Kosse. The driver and another passenger were the people transported to a local hospital.
Emergency crews who responded included the Marlin Volunteer Fire Department, the City of Marlin Fire Department, the Mart Fire Department, the Limestone County Fire Department and Falls County Constable Precinct One.
The Sheriff’s Office says the second crash occurred around 5 am Sunday at FM-147 and FM-1240 – northeast of Marlin. A Dodge Dakota left the roadway, resulting in what appeared to be an ejection that left one person dead. Deputies, Texas DPS Troopers, Marlin VFD and Falls County Constable Precinct One attempted life-saving measures on the person – but were unsuccessful.
Texas DPS Troopers responded to this crash at approximately 6:20 a.m. The driver has been identified as 23-year-old Jakayla Chappell, of Marlin.
These investigations are ongoing.