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18-wheeler crash takes two lives in Texas panhandle

Posted on Jul 09, 2014

CANADIAN (July 8, 2014) Fernando Ortiz, 56, and his wife, Leticia Ortiz, 49, both of Spearman, TX died at the scene of a collision Monday evening in Ochiltree County north of Canadian in the northeast corner of the Panhandle.The two were northbound on U.S. Highway 83 in a Chevrolet Equinox when Fernando Ortiz attempted to turn left onto FM 281 and pulled into the path of the southbound 18-wheeler, according to a DPS spokesperson. The driver of the truck, Billy Gene Schwandt, 49, of Johnson City, Tenn., was not injured.

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