Franklin man killed in Highway 6 crash in Robertson County

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ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - 2:30 p.m. update - The driver of the car, Austin Wittig, 23, of Franklin was killed, according to DPS.


12:45 p.m. update - The highway is back open. Troopers won't say which driver of what vehicle passed away. All names of those involved are being withheld at this time, pending notification of family.


A fatal, four-vehicle accident on Highway 6 forced a shutdown of the highway early Wednesday morning.

According to the Robertson County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened around 5 a.m. all lanes of traffic were shut down officially by 7 a.m.

DPS Trooper Jimmy Morgan says they are investigating this incident as three separate accidents. The accidents involved a pick-up truck, car, 18-wheeler and motorcycle. It all happened about half a mile south of the railroad trestle near OSR on Highway 6.

According to Trooper Morgan, the driver of the 18-wheeler says he was coming uphill in the southbound lanes when he was hit by a car from behind.

The big rig driver told officials that crash caused a chain reaction. A pick-up truck then hit the car, sending it into the northbound lanes where a motorcycle then crashed into the car.

Officials say there were five people total involved in the accident because the 18-wheeler was carrying a passenger. The drivers of the other vehicles were by themselves.

Three of the drivers were transported to the hospital, one was pronounced dead. One person involved is currently in surgery. The big rig driver and his passenger did not suffer any serious injuries.

Authorities suggest drivers headed into Bryan use OSR to Jackrabbit as their alternate route.

All lanes will be shut down for the next several hours.