8-year-old child killed in crash on FM 41

8-year-old child killed in crash on FM 41
DPS Troopers confirm a child died in a crash on FM 41 near Ropesville. (Source: KCBD NewsChannel 11)

LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas (KCBD) - Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety say an 8-year-old child has died in a crash that happened on FM 41, just west of FM 179, not far from Ropesville.

The crash happened about 8:20 a.m. on Thursday. Officials say the crash involves a semi-truck and a pickup truck.

According to officials, a Ford Pickup was going west on FM 41 when a semi was stopped on FM 41 in the westbound lanes with hazard lights on. The driver of the semi was lost and had stopped to find directions, according to Troopers.

Officials say the driver of the pickup, 35-year-old Rhett Green of Lubbock, did not realize the semi was stopped. He tried to veer to the left to avoid crashing into the back of the semi, but was unable to avoid the collision. The front right side of the pickup crashed into the left rear of the semi.

Officials say Green’s 8-year-old son was a passenger in the pickup truck and died at the scene.

Please keep Meadow volunteer firefighter Rhett Green and his family in your prayers. Rhett's 8 year old son was killed in an automobile accident this morning. Our hearts go out to them.

Posted by City of Meadow, Texas on Thursday, January 2, 2020

Green was treated for injuries at the scene and was taken to the hospital. The driver of the semi was not injured in the crash.

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