2 killed in deadly crash on U.S. 281 near Johnson City Tuesday morning


BLANCO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Public Safety has released details and the identities of the victims in a fatal crash that happened on U.S. Highway 281 near Johnson City on Tuesday morning.

According to Texas DPS, a Ford F-150 was traveling southbound on US 281 near mile post 470 when — for unknown reasons — the vehicle crossed over the double solid yellow lines and hit a Toyota that was traveling northbound.

The driver of the Ford has been identified as 36-year-old Larry Waxler, of Burnet, and the driver of the Toyota has been identified as 39-year-old Phelan Hill, of New Braunfels. Both were declared dead at the scene.

The call of the crash came in at 6:51 a.m. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, traffic in both directions on U.S. 281 between Johnson City and Round Mountain was closed after the crash.

Deadly crash on U.S. 281
Deadly crash on U.S. 281 between Johnson City and Round Mountain (KXAN Photo / Todd Bailey)

Texas DPS says the investigation is still ongoing and all contributing factors are currently unknown.

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