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DPS: Fiery fatal accident likely caused by driver being fatigued or falling asleep

Published On: Jan 03 2014 03:06:29 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 03 2014 03:30:40 PM CST
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ABILENE, Texas -

A fiery, single-vehicle accident last month that killed a 46-year-old Hamlin man was likely caused by the driver either being fatigued or falling asleep, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

George Preston Scifres, who died in the crash, was driving a 2001 Chrevrolet 2500 pickup about 3:05 a.m. Dec. 18 on US 83 – about 1.3 miles north of Aspermont – in Stonewall County when the accident occurred.

“There were no skid marks on the roadway to indicate that the driver attempted to take evasive action,” DPS spokesman Frederick Biddle said in an email. “No other new information was indicated on the crash report.” 

 “The pickup was traveling south on US 83,” Biddle said in the original news release. “The vehicle crossed the northbound lane and struck a guardrail on the east side of the road.  It continued through the ditch and ran off of a small ravine.  The vehicle then rolled onto the passenger side.  The vehicle caught fire and burned with the driver inside.”