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One Person Killed; Major Accident Shuts Down Highway 79

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

*10 P.M. Update*

One person is dead and four others injured after a head-on collision in Robertson County Saturday.

The crash involved three vehicles on this holiday driving weekend.

64-year-old Steven Lucas of Tyler died Saturday afternoon after Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers say his Dodge minivan crashed into oncoming traffic head-on causing a three car collision.

It's a tragic end to the Thanksgiving weekend after four people are hurt and one person dead in a major accident on U.S. 79 near Buna Road in between Hearne and Franklin.

The accident shut down the highway Saturday afternoon backing up traffic for miles.

Department of Public Safety Troopers aren't sure why Steven Lucas of Tyler drifted over the line in his minivan.

He died on scene.

"It was a three vehicle crash. One, the vehicle that caused it was headed westbound and it came over into another lane and struck a vehicle and the vehicle that it struck ran off the side of the road and they were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's and the other vehicle was a head-on," said Trooper Troy Bridier of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Leslie Marsh and her family we're temporarily stranded as they headed back home to Longview from Thanksgiving in Austin.

"About half an hour been back in the line almost an hour now. Been stuck sitting right here watching for half an hour. It's horrible, we're traveling and we're just thankful that everything is ok with us," said Leslie Marsh.

39-year-old Panicker Manoj was airlifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple in critical condition and his passenger 34-year-old Amy Emberton was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan after their Nissan Versa was hit head-on.

A Volkswagon sedan also ran off the road with 33-year-old driver Jesse Marsh and his 32-year-old passenger Jennifer Walker being taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan with minor injuries.

News 3 spoke with the wife of Steven Lucas, who was traveling in another vehicle when the crash happened.

She was too shaken up to speak on camera.

With millions of drivers on the road this weekend, the Marsh family says they'll be thinking of all those impacted by this tragedy.

"We just pray everyone's ok more than our trip home," said Leslie Marsh.

As of Saturday evening Nissan Versa passenger Amy Emberton was listed in critical condition at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan while Volkswagon driver Jesse Marsh and passenger Jennifer Walker were treated and released.

The condition of Panicker Manoj, the man airlifted to Temple is unknown at this time.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Department of Public Safety.

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The victim's name has not been released, pending notification of family.

Department of Public Safety officials tell News 3 the head-on collision happened on Highway 79 Saturday afternoon.

Three vehicles were involved in the accident, including a minivan, Nissan Versa and a Volkswagon sedan.

The elderly driver of the minivan was killed in the accident.

Another person was airlifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple with major injuries while three others were transported by ground ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office and DPS are investigating the accident.

As of 6:30 P.M. Saturday night the highway had reopened to traffic.


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