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4 vehicle wreck in Tyler claims 2 lives

Earlier this month, a woman and child were killed in an accident near Tyler, Texas. Reports from troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety indicate that the accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 on FM 2493.

While the final report has not yet been made public, the preliminary report on the double fatality collision by the DPS indicates that an 84-year-old Tyler man in a tan Lexus was headed north in the center lane of FM 2493. A 30-year-old woman in a Pontiac Vibe was driving south in the inner lane when, for unknown reasons, her vehicle crossed over the center lane and struck the back left portion of the Lexus.

The Pontiac then returned to its lane, where it was immediately hit from the rear by a Bullard man, 51, driving a Dodge Durango. After the impact between the Pontiac and the Durango, the truck completely flipped and landed back on its wheels.

The Pontiac slid across the southbound lane and collided with a Tyler woman, 80, driving a Ford Taurus.

The Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 in Smith County pronounced the Pontiac driver dead at the collision scene. Her passenger, a 5-year-old boy identified in other reports as her critically injured son, was taken first to Tyler's East Texas Medical Center. He was later airlifted to Dallas to the Children's Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver from Bullard was taken to Tyler's Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, where reports listed him in stable condition. The driver of the Taurus was admitted to EMTC in serious condition. The Lexus driver had no injuries from the collision.

The accident occurred about eight miles from Tyler's southernmost boundary, and caused hours-long traffic tie-ups for residents.

While the final report may still be forthcoming in this accident, it is likely that the deceased driver was at fault from preliminary accounts. In similar circumstances when an at-fault driver does not survive a collision, others involved who were injured still can make a claim for damages against the driver's insurance company, and in some instances, even against their estate.

Source: Bullard Banner News, "Two killed, two injured in four vehicle wreck on Old Jacksonville Hwy.," Micah McCartney, Dec. 09, 2015

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