Wet roads contributed to crash that killed Tuscola mayor, wife

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Wet roads contributed to a crash that killed the mayor of Tuscola and his wife Thursday afternoon.

Robert Vance Elkins, 82, and Von Dean Rose Elkins, 80, were both pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash on Hwy 83 just north of Tuscola around 12:45 p.m. 

A press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety states the Elkins’ vehicle and another vehicle were traveling south down the highway when a third vehicle, which was traveling north, hydroplaned on wet roads, crashed into the Elkins’ head-on, then slid into the other vehicle traveling south. 

No other serious injuries were reported, and the exact cause of this crash is still under investigation. 

The City of Tuscola released the following statement regarding the death of the Elkins’: 

The City of Tuscola is grieving the loss of Mayor Robert Elkins and his wife Von Dean Elkins which were both tragically killed in an auto accident just North of Tuscola on Hwy 83 this afternoon. Robert and Von Dean were both loved and respected citizens of the City of Tuscola for over 54 years. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Elkins family. The community, council and employees will miss them greatly; we appreciate your patience during this time of loss.

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