UPDATE: Two killed in Lufkin major crash identified

UPDATE: The City of Lufkin confirmed that Joe Leediker Jr., 74 of Lufkin, and Gary Greening Jr., 65 of Lufkin, both died in Sunday’s three-vehicle crash on South First Street.

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Leediker died at the scene and officials said that Greening died a short time later at a local hospital.

LUFKIN, Texas (KETK) – The City of Lufkin has announced that a major crash in the 3500 block of South First Street left two people dead on Sunday.

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Officials said the crash happened in front of the Crown Colony Food Mart when a Honda sedan going south crossed in front of an 18-wheeler that was heading south in the center lane. The 18-wheeler then also reportedly hit a Toyota 4-Runner before stopping.

The two men in the Honda died from the crash, according to a press release. One of the men died at the scene and the other later died at a local hospital. The driver of the Toyota was taken by ambulance to be checked out and the 18-wheeler’s driver was uninjured.

Lufkin officials said they would release the names of those involved on Monday.

The city asked drivers to avoid the area and to slow down on wet roads.

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