The Texas Department of Public Safety confirms 50-year-old Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy William Woodruff of Anson died in a traffic crash about one mile north of Abilene. The crash happened on U.S. Highway 83/Highway 277 around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
According to DPS, the driver of an 18-wheeler was driving from the east frontage road of Hwy. 83. The driver was at the crossover, attempting to cross the north-bound lane and get onto the south-bound lane toward Abilene. As the driver crossed, he stopped in the median to allow south-bound traffic to clear, leaving the trailer in the north-bound lane. Deputy Woodruff was driving north-bound and did not see that black trailer in time to avoid hitting it.
Deputy Woodruff was pronounced dead at the scene. His granddaughter, 6-year-old Ann Marie Woodruff of Anson was taken to Hendrick Medical Center with injuries. She is listed in critical condition.
Texas Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash.