Low visibility from grass fire to blame for crash on US 62

Low visibility from grass fire to blame for crash on US 62

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Smoke from a grass fire is to blame for a wreck on US 62 west of FM 400.  

DPS reports an SUV driving through the thick smoke rear-ended a pickup that slowed down on the highway.

The driver of the pickup, Walter Verkamp, 54, of Idalou, wasn't hurt.

The driver of the SUV, Rebecca Roundtree, 48, of Ralls, was taken to the emergency room with incapacitating injuries.

TxDOT encourages drivers if they can't see into smoke, don't drive in. If you have to drive into smoke, put your hazard lights on and slow down before entering. 

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