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DPS identifies driver killed in Winkler County crash

As of 4:00 p.m., State Highway 302 has been reopened.

WINKLER COUNTY, Texas — One person has been killed in a two vehicle crash on State Highway 302 in Winkler County. DPS have identified the victim as 30-year-old Julian Espino-Mendoza, of Mexico.

The accident occurred about five miles east of Kermit at 7:40 a.m. 

Troopers say Espino-Mendoza was headed east on Hwy 302 when a sand hauler pulled out in front of him from Black Mountain Sand Plant, resulting in the crash. 

Espino-Mendoza was trapped inside his semi-truck, but at 9:20 a.m., he was pulled from the truck by Kermit VFD. Soon after, he was declared dead by JP1 Jones.

Troopers report foggy conditions along the highway at the time of the crash.

As of 4:00 p.m., State Highway 302 was reopened. 

We will continue to update this story as we receive more information. 

Credit: Winkler County Sheriff's Office