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2 killed after driver falls asleep, strikes truck head-on

The four occupants of the second truck suffered non-incapacitating injuries.
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WARD COUNTY, Texas — Two people were killed and four more were injured in a crash just outside of Barstow Monday morning.

Just before 7:30, Horacio Acosta-Ramirez, 37, from El Paso was driving west on BI-20. Rene M. Cruz, 55, was a passenger of the Nissan Titan.

A Ford F-250, driven by Matthew McKenzie, 22, was traveling east on BI-20 when DPS says he fell asleep and crossed the center stripe.

The two vehicles collided head-on.

Acosta-Ramirez and Cruz were both pronounced dead at the scene.

McKenzie and three passengers of the truck were taken to local hospitals with non-incapacitating injuries.


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