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Bryce Cook and Tyler Spillman have been named as the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinal football players killed in a fiery crash on FM 488.
The early-morning fatal crash occurred Monday on a rural road north of Fairfield in Freestone County. Spillman, of Spring, and Cook, of Houston were both 19 years old.
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Spillman and Cook were headed north in a passenger car on FM 488 when the car crossed into the path of a southbound gasoline tanker at around 3:45 a.m. Monday about 1. 5 miles north of FM 416, Wilson said. The car and the cab of the 18-wheeler both burst into flames after the collision, he said.
They both were students at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, where they played football, Department of Public Safety Sgt. W.L. Wilson said Tuesday.
“We are saddened by the news that Cardinal football players Bryce Cook and Tyler Spillman have passed away. Their leadership on our football team and overall presence on our campus will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s and Tyler’s families, friends and teammates during this difficult time,” the school said in a Facebook post.source
Spillman and Cook died at the scene.
Autopsies were ordered.
Thankfully, despite the blaze, the 8,800 gallons of gasoline the tanker was hauling did not leak or burn, authorities said.
The 56-year-old Fort Worth man driving the 18-wheeler was taken to Navarro County Medical Center in Corsicana with non-life-threatening injuries.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends at this difficult time.
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