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Midland-Odessa

KWES Photographer Involved in Fatal Car Accident

kwes accidentJerome Chavez, a photographer for KWES in Midland-Odessa, was involved in a fatal car accident on his way to cover a story, the NBC affiliate reports:

DPS Troopers tell NewsWest 9, a 2010 Toyota Scion XD was traveling westbound on Yukon when the vehicle left the roadway, overcorrected and went into a side skid. The Scion then crossed into the eastbound lane and hit a 2001 Saturn SL1 traveling eastbound.

The driver of the Saturn, 61-year-old Robert Kounce of Midland was killed in the accident. The driver of the Toyota Scion XD, 28-year-old Jerome Chavez, who is a NewsWest 9 photographer and was driving a NewsWest 9 vehicle to a story, was injured in the accident.

Chavez was taken to Medical Center Hospital for his injuries where he will be undergoing surgery on Wednesday.

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Shannon Murray Joining KVUE From KOSA

Shannon Murray is joining KVUE in Austin as a reporter and fill-in anchor, Austin media blogger Bill Church reports.

Murray has spent two years working at KOSA, the CBS affiliate in Midland-Odessa, Texas. She has also worked as a local radio correspondent.

“I lived in Austin for four years and most of my friends are there, so it was always my goal to get back there,” Murray told Church. “I’ve had a great experience here in Midland-Odessa and I’m sad to leave everybody here, but I could see myself building a life in Austin. I love the town.”