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Schulenburg man dies in motorcycle wreck

By chirst
Nov. 22, 2012 at 5:22 a.m.


A Schulenburg man is dead after a motorcycle accident early Thursday morning on U.S. Highway 77 in Lavaca County.

Thomas J. Rankin III, 33, was traveling north on the highway, just south of County Road 221, when he drove off the roadway and crashed, according to Department of Public Safety officials.

The one-vehicle crash was reported at 2:32 a.m., and Rankin was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Michael W. Andes.

Trooper Elizabeth Tolbert, of the DPS, is investigating the crash. The cause had not been determined by Thursday afternoon. Also, it was not clear whether Rankin was wearing a helmet.

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