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A reconstruction team with the Department of Public Safety has determined that the truck involved in a fatal accident near Springtown on Dec. 29 was travelling in excess of 75 mph at the time of the crash.
Lonny Haschel, public information officer for the Department of Public Safety, said the estimate is conservative and was determined by measuring skid marks and reconstructing the series of events that occurred after the driver, 18-year-old Joshua James Brown lost control.
Brown and 14-year-old passenger, Alex Nicole Christian of Aledo were pronounced dead at the scene, and two other passengers: Halston “Hoss” McCue, 15, of Weatherford, and 13-year-old Madelyne “Maddie” Mitchell, Christan's classmate at Aledo Middle School, were hospitalized with burns.
Haschel said there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, but it is standard procedure to investigate. The full accident report is expected to be released in the next two weeks.