JARRELL, Texas (KXAN) — A crash Sunday night on Interstate 35 in Williamson County killed a person and sent a sheriff’s deputy to the hospital.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says Jones Okey, 78, died at the scene of the crash after his 1995 Buick Regal was hit by an off-duty deputy in a marked Williamson County Sheriff’s Office patrol car.
The Buick was traveling on the left shoulder, DPS says, and the patrol car was in the left travel lane when the Buick veered over in front of the patrol car. The patrol car then rear-ended the Buick, and the Buick slid off the right side of the road into the grassy median, DPS says.
DPS says the crash occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. near exit 274. The deputy was taken to St. David’s Hospital in Georgetown for observation, DPS says.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office tweeted about the crash at 11:17 p.m., saying the freeway was shut down at exit 277 in Jarrell. The freeway opened two hours later, according to the sheriff’s office.
At 6:55 a.m. Monday, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody confirmed the crash was deadly.