Snyder man killed, Floydada man injured in four-vehicle wreck

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ODESSA, Texas (KLBK/KAMC) – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Wednesday released information about a deadly four-vehicle crash in Ector County that took the life of a Snyder man and also involved a man from Floydada. 

DPS said Vaughn Appleton, 54, of Floydada was driving a semi-trailer east on Interstate 20 just west of Odessa early Monday evening. Appleton “failed to control speed” and struck a pickup truck driven by Daniel N. Navarro, 46, of Snyder.

Navarro’s pickup was pushed into two more vehicles, according to DPS. Navarro was pronounced dead at the scene.  Appleton was taken to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa with “non-capacitating” injuries. 

The driver of a second pickup truck, Robert S. Malaise, 27, of Midland, was injured and also taken to Medical Center Hospital. The driver of a second semi-truck, James M. Myers, 51, of Coldspring, was unharmed, according to DPS. 

Conditions were dry and clear, according to DPS.  All four drivers were wearing seat belts.  

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