In a span of 12 hours on Thursday, there were five wrecks — including one fatal crash — on southbound U.S. Highway 75 between Melissa and Howe.

Around 7:45 a.m., there was a minor crash on 371 and Hwy 75. This wreck caused a chain reaction and a multiple-vehicle crash.

A UPS semi truck hit 4 vehicles, killing one person and injuring two more. Anna PD Lt. Jeff Caponera said 25-year-old Nathan Clark, of McKinney, was killed.

Around 3 p.m., near Mantua Road and Hwy 75, a semi was involved in another wreck. The driver was injured when the rig rolled on its side.

Caponera attributes the frequent crashes to the continuous construction on the highway and driver inattention.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., there were two wrecks near Howe. Howe PD Lt. Michael Hill said one wreck occurred on Hwy 75 S near exit 54.

“One vehicle in the left lane slowed down, but the vehicle following the first car did not slow,” Hill said. “The cars ended up in the guardrail.” Hill said both cars had one person each, and there were no injuries.

The second crash happened on 75 access road and 902.

“Witnesses of the wreck say that a tan sedan heading south stopped at the stop sign at 902,” Hill said. “However, the sedan failed to yield to the SUV traveling eastbound.”

The driver of the sedan was transported to Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the SUV and her passenger were not injured.