UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal head-on collision on I-44 at Bacon Switch Road

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — UDPATE: Wednesday, October 1 at 4:30 p.m.

The victim of a fatal head-on collision in Wichita County has been identified.

At approximately 10:20 a.m. Thursday morning, a Chevrolet Sonoma pickup truck was traveling north on Interstate 44 when a Ford F-350 traveling south in the northbound lanes struck the Sonoma head on.

Ronnie Laverne Kroener, 74, of Wichita Falls, the driver of the Chevrolet Sonoma, was pronounced dead on scene.

The driver of the F-350 was transported to United Regional by ambulance. His condition is currently unknown.

According to DPS Staff Sgt. Dan Buesing, the driver of the F-350 may have been suffering from a medical condition at the time of the crash.

The crash is still under investigation.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage as we work to gather more information.


Traffic on Central Freeway at Bacon Switch Road has been closed while multiple agencies respond to a head-on collision.

A spokesperson with the Wichita Falls Police Department confirmed at least one fatality resulting from the collision.

According to police, a 1-ton flatbed Ford was driving the wrong way on Central Freeway near Bacon Switch Road.

Police said the truck was in the northbound lane heading southbound and speeding.

At least 20 units from the Wichita Falls Police Department, Wichita Falls Fire Department and DPS are all currently on scene.

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