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Update: Victims Identified in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash on I-20 in Taylor County

Two people have died following a major collision on Interstate 20 between Tye and Merkel. One of the cars was going east in the westbound lanes.
10:30 p.m. Update: The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the names of the victims of Friday afternoon's tragic collision.

86-year-old James Lendon Walling of Munday died at Hendrick Medical Center after being airlifted from the scene. Troopers say Walling was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Impala eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-20 between Tye and Merkel.

71-year-old Shelia Ann Donowho of Roswell, NM was pronounced dead at the scene. Donowho was a passenger in a westbound Chevrolet pickup that was struck head-on by Walling's car.

72-year-old Billy L. Donowho, also of Roswell, NM, was driving the pickup truck, and was flown to Hendrick with critical injuries.

Troopers say a third vehicle, driven by Donna Boatwright of Sweetwater, swerved to miss Walling's car just before the deadly collision. Boatwright was not injured.


Original Story: Officers have confirmed that two people have died and others injured in a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 20 Friday afternoon.

Traffic on the westbound lanes of I-20 has been diverted at mile marker 274, between Tye and Merkel.

Two medical helicopters flew victims to Hendrick Medical Center.

Just prior to the crash, the Taylor County Sheriffs Office reported that several 911 calls had come in of a wrong-way driver in that area.

Patient names and conditions are not known at this time.
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