Ballinger man killed in head-on collison

A Ballinger man died after a head-on collision that occurred May 5 in the 11800 block of State Highway 171 in Godley. 

Godley is a small town in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, located on Highway 171, northwest of Cleburne.

According to Godley Police Department Sgt. Jason Jordan, 34-year old Chad Cooke was driving a pickup truck southbound on Hwy. 171, when he crossed over the median and entered into the northbound lane colliding head-on with an 18-wheeler.

When Godley police arrived on the scene, they found the jack-knifed 18-wheeler in the northbound culvert of Hwy. 171 and a pickup truck on fire in the southbound lane.

Cooke was pronounced dead at scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The Godley Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Burleson Police Department Traffic Unit assisted the Godley Police Department in the incident.