Three dead in two Cameron-area crashes

It was a deadly weekend in the Cameron area as three persons died in two separate crashes.

A Belton couple died Monday morning when their pickup collided with an 18-wheeler north of Cameron.

Friday evening a 34-year-old Cameron woman died when the car she was riding in collided with an 18-wheeler on US 190/ Texas 36.

DOUBLE FATALITY—Trooper Erik Gaston said Monday’s crash occurred about 7:45 a.m. on FM 485 about six miles northeast of Cameron.

He said a 2011 Ford Ranger, driven by Robert Quick, 68, of Belton crossed the center line and hit the axles of an 18-wheeler, driven by 57-year-old Milton Stevens, also of Belton.

According to the DPS, the pickup then burst into flames.

Pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Sam Berry were Quick and his 59-year-old wife, Sue Ann Quick.

Autopsies were ordered at Southwestern Forensic Institute in Dallas.

Stevens was taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple by an AMR ambulance crew.

He was reported in fair condition.

Owner of the truck, which was hauling sand, was listed as Ram Construction of Temple.

Gaston said all three persons involved were wearing seat belts.

The Cameron Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the accident scene.

FRIDAY CRASH—Tanya Ranee Spiller was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash inside the Cameron city limits Friday, according to Police Chief Randy Dixon.

He said Spiller was a passenger in a Buick Roadmaster, driven by 45-year-old Troy Eugene Leblanc, which collided with an 18-wheeler at the corner of Texas 36/US 190 and Scott Street.

Truck driver was listed as Bello Rosales, 44, of Houston.

According to police, the car was attempting to turn left onto Scott when it was struck in front passenger door by the truck.

Leblanc was treated at Scott & White.

Spiller’s body was extracted from the car by Cameron firefighters, using their jaws of life device.

Funeral services for Spiller are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron. See obituary, page 4D.

The fatalities were the second, third and fourth in Milam County in the past two weeks.

On June 15, a 20-year- old Killeen man died just inside the eastern Rockdale city limits when his car was in collision with an 18-wheeler at the US 77-US 79 entrance/exit ramp just north of the underpass.

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