Humvee crash kills three in Temple


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A National Guard Humvee lost control on Interstate 35 on Wednesday, triggering a six-vehicle crash that killed the soldier driving the Humvee and two other drivers, including one from Austin, authorities said.

The Humvee was traveling south in the rain near the small town of Troy, north of Temple, about 11 a.m. when it went airborne, cleared the center barrier and hit an oncoming car and an 18-wheeler, according to the Department of Public Safety. The rig then crashed into a truck towing a trailer and a garbage truck.

Troy police Sgt. David Lowry told the Temple Daily Telegram that the victims were the Humvee driver, Altha Gibson, 21, of DeSoto; the driver of the 18-wheeler, Donald Johnson, 44, of Burleson; and the driver of the car, Douglas Ashcroft, 41, of Austin.

Two killed in seperate wrecks in Bell County


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Two people died in seperate accidents Saturday in Bell County, said Glenn Miller, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to authorities, at 5:30 p.m. a Jepp Cherokee crossed into incomming traffic on FM 93 southeast of Temple and collided with a Chevrolet pickup.

The driver of the Jeep, Kathren Turnbaugh, 43, died at the scene.  The pickup driver, Billie Mahler, 82, and passenger Suma Mahler, 80, were hospitalized with major lacerations.  The driver of a third vehicle, Tanesha Farmer, 38, suffered minor injuries when she drove into a drainage culvert to avoid a collision, Miller said.


Northwest of Belton on FM 439, Heather Lewis, 31, died in a head-on collision when the Toyota sedan she was driving veered into oncoming traffic at 11:20 p.m. and hit a Dodge pickup, according to reports.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, Miller said.  The driver of the pickup, William Bonner, 46, was treated for minor injuries at the scene.