DPS identifies man killed in crash near Longview

LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) - Authorities have identified a man who was killed in a crash near Longview on Thursday night. 

Department of Public Safety officials say Benjamin Murphy, 34, of Diana died in the wreck.

According to a preliminary crash investigation, at around 9 p.m., a truck driven by Danny Lee, 61, of Longview, was headed north in the inside southbound lane of US 259 while a car Murphy was traveling south in the inside southbound lane of the same road.

The vehicles collided head-on at the top of a hill.  The pickup spun to the left before rolling onto its right side in the inside lane facing west, while the car spun around and came to rest in the outside southbound lane facing north.

Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lee was taken to a Longview hospital in serious condition.

The crash remains under investigation.

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