SUV Driver Dead After Collision with Log Truck, Cause Being Investigated
Date: January 23, 2014
Location: Highway 223, Dallas
Name: Stanley Paul Dankenbring
Police report that Stanley Paul Dankenbring, 64, of Dallas, was operating his Ford Explorer in the northbound lane of Highway 223 in the early afternoon. As he was driving, he crossed the center line and collided with a loaded log truck nearly head on.
Dankenbring died at the scene of the accident. The truck driver and a passenger were not injured in the accident. The truck driver and passenger’s names were not released.
Police report that Dankenbring was wearing a seatbelt when the accident occurred. They are unsure why he crossed the center line of the roadway.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Stanley Paul Dankenbring. Our thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time.
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