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9-year-old killed in Rusk County crash

A two-vehicle crash injured four people and killed a nine-year-old child in Rusk County Tuesday morning.
Credit: Associated Press

A nine-year-old child died Tuesday morning following a two-vehicle crash in Rusk County.

The crash happened on FM-225 near Laneville at about 7:16 a.m.

According to state troopers, Marcus Wayne Dukes, 18, was traveling north on FM-225 in a 2016 GMC Sierra pickup. Meanwhile Miranda Michelle Clark, 32, was driving southbound in a 2017 Nissan Sentra.

Troopers say Dukes's steered the pickup left, into oncoming traffic. Clark tried to avoid the collision, but the vehicles collided. Dukes's truck spun backward off the roadway and left the roadway while Clark's car spun clockwise and was partially off the road in the northbound lane.

Inside Clark's car was 16-year-old passenger, nine-year-old passenger and a three-year-old passenger. After the collision, the nine-year-old was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Dukes, Clark and her other two passengers were transported to the hospital. The 16-year-old is currently in critical condition. The other three were eventually released.

The crash remains under investigation.

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