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Kountze woman killed in head-on crash on Hwy 326 in Hardin County on Tuesday

Troopers believe the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup traveled into oncoming traffic and hit a Buick SUV head-on.

HARDIN COUNTY, Texas — Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating after a head-on crash in Hardin County crash left a Kountze woman dead on Tuesday.

Martha Suarez, 48, of Kountze, died at the scene of the wreck which happened just before 3 p.m. Tuesday on Texas Highway 326 near FM421 according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story stated incorrectly that the wreck happened on FM36. 12News previously received incorrect information.)

Troopers believe a Dodge Ram pickup was going north and a 2015 Buick SUV, driven by Suarez, was going south.

At some point, the driver of the Dodge pickup  traveled into oncoming traffic and hit the Buick SUV head-on.

The driver of the Dodge pickup was taken to St. Elizabeth hospital for treatment.

This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

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From a Texas DPS news release...

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are investing a fatal crash on Farm-to-Market Road 326, near Farm-to-Market Road 421, that occurred today, October 18, 2022. 

The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 2:48 p.m., a 2017 Ram pickup was traveling north, while a 2014 Buick SUV was traveling south. It is reported that the driver of the pickup traveled into the oncoming lane and struck the SUV head-on.

The driver of the pickup was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. 

The driver of the SUV was pronounced deceased on scene by a Justice of the Peace. Their identity is not immediately available pending notification of their next of kin. 

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no additional information available at this time

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