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Driver in I-30 crash identified as Winnsboro man

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A motorist who was killed in a highway accident on July 11 has been identified by authorities as Matthew Murphy, 44, of Winnsboro.

According to the Greenville Herald-Banner, Murphy also had an 8-year-old passenger. The child was taken to a Dallas-area hospital via helicopter on Friday, but privacy regulations prevent authorities from releasing information on his identity or condition.

Murphy, who was driving a Ford F-250, collided with an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Mukesh Patel, 52, from Plainfield, Ind., was not injured.

The accident occurred around 3 p.m. on Interstate 30, near mile marker 108, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said. Patel slowed to accommodate traffic, but Murphy did not, and rear-ended Patel’s vehicle, they said. The accident closed eastbound I-30 well into the evening. 

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed an increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards.