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4 killed in Erath County auto accident

Published On: Apr 29 2013 01:56:01 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2013 01:57:11 PM CDT
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Authorities say four people have been killed in a North Texas auto accident triggered when one vehicle crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a Volkswagen driven southbound Sunday afternoon on Highway 281 by 18-year-old Courtney Kay Smalley of Lipan drifted into the northbound lane. DPS said Monday the vehicle struck a Mercedes driven by 29-year-old Matthew Lee Keith of Searcy, Ariz.
Smalley was killed along with her passenger, 19-year-old Kimberly G. Peacock of Fort Worth. Keith also died in the wreck, as did his passenger, 26-year-old Tsanti C. Keith.
The head-on collision occurred in Erath County, about 65 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the Volkswagen to drift across the center line.