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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 4:30 am

LAMPASAS — Officials released the name of a Lampasas County employee who was killed Tuesday in an accident involving two dump trucks and a truck pulling a boat on U.S. Highway 183 five miles south of Lometa.

George Reed, 68, of Lometa, lost control of the dump truck he was driving when the left front tire blew out. He veered into oncoming traffic and hit two other vehicles head-on.

The first impact hit a pickup truck pulling a boat driven by Jeffrey Walton of League City.

Reed’s truck then glanced off the pickup and hit another dump truck head-on driven by county employee Bryan Barley of Kempner.

Reed and Barley were hauling reclaimed asphalt road materials to and from a dump site in Lometa when the crash occurred shortly after 1 p.m.

Reed was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Camron Brister.

Barley and Walton were airlifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

On Wednesday afternoon, Barley was recovering from surgery to repair a broken femur, Precinct 1 Commissioner Robert Vincent said. Walton’s condition was unknown as of Thursday afternoon.

Vincent, who knew Reed for about 24 years, described him as a hard working county employee.

“I meet with the guys on the road crew each day to go over plans and discuss the progress on road improvements,” Vincent said. “He was an excellent person — always friendly, happy and willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. This is a great loss to the county and to the people of Lometa.”

Vincent said Barley, an eight-year county employee, was conscious at the scene and told Vincent he would “be OK.”

Funeral services for Reed are at 10 a.m. today at Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas. A graveside service will immediately follow at the Center Cemetery in Lometa.

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