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Early man dies in overnight Brown County crash with semi-truck

By Karley Cross,


BROWNWOOD, Texas ( KTAB/KRBC ) – As a result of an overnight crash Friday morning, an elderly man from Early died in Brown County.

According to a preliminary crash report from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), 79-year-old Francis Montagne of Early was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m. Friday.

Montagne was driving a 2014 Ford Fusion soouth along FM 2126 about a mile-and-a-half east of Brownwood when he collided with a 2023 Freightliner truck tractor towing a 2018 Great Dane box style semi-trailer.

Reports include the semi-truck was heading north on FM 2126, but when they came about a curve in the roadway, Montagne “failed to operate” his vehicle in its lane. He crossed the center stripe and hit the semi-truck head on, and was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt.

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