CALLAHAN COUNTY, Texas — A 58-year-old Cross Plains man was killed Tuesday after his car collided head-on with a tractor-trailer near Abilene.
A preliminary crash report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Narendrakumar Bhikhabh Bhakta of Cross Plains, was driving a 2012 Hyundai Elantra eastbound on State Highway 36, 17 miles southeast of Abilene. Gilbert Cruz Arrendondo, 61, of Uvalde, was traveling west on SH 36 in a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer.
The report states Bhakta's vehicle hydroplaned, crossed into the oncoming lane, then struck Arrendondo on the right front portion of the tractor-trailer.
Arrendondo was treated and released. Bhakta was pronounced dead at the scene.