DALLAM COUNTY, TX. (THECOUNT) — Fire Chief Curtis Brown and Firefighter Brendan Torres, of the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department, have been identified as the victims in a Tuesday night double-fatal vehicle crash in Dallam County.

Brown and Torres both died in a vehicle crash involving a semi-tractor Tuesday night near Dalhart.


According to reports, the men were traveling in a Chevrolet Tahoe on U.S. 54 near Dalhart, when the vehicle came into head-on contact with a truck tractor towing a big-rig around 8:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Both men were pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries at the scene.

The driver of the truck tractor was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department issued a statement on Facebook:

“It is with hearts full of sadness and grief, that we inform you, last night DVFD lost 2 of our own in a vehicle accident. “While returning to station from a call earlier in the night, Firefighter Brendan Torres and Fire Chief Curtis Brown were involved in a motor vehicle accident with a semi. Chief Brown and Firefighter Torres were pronounced at the scene. As more information becomes available of funeral services, we will release that information. Please give the families, Firefighters, and their families space and time as figure out how to move forward.”

Further details of the crash were not provided.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.


Geo quick facts: Dallam County is the north-westernmost county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 Census, its population was 7,115. Its county seat is Dalhart. The county was founded in 1876 and later organized in 1891. It is named for James Wilmer Dallam, a lawyer and newspaper publisher – Wikipedia.

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