TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Upshur County Fatal
Number of Vehicles in Crash: 4 Number of Injured: 0 Number killed: 1
Date & Time: 10/28/2022 & 9:55 A.M.
Location: U.S. Highway 271, 4 miles north of Gilmer, Texas
Posted Speed Limit: 70 mph
Vehicle 1: 2018 GMC 1500 pickup
Vehicle 2: 2021 Kenworth Truck Tractor towing a 2016 Utility Trailer
Vehicle 3: 2011 Ford Taurus
Vehicle 4: 2019 Western Star Truck Tractor (legally parked & unattended)
Driver 1: DECEASED
James R. Flanagan, male, 85 YOA of Longview, Texas
Pronounced By: JP Rhonda Welch, on scene
Rafael N. Flores, male, 42 YOA of Tyler, Texas.
Joshua J. Harms, male, 44 YOA of El Paso, Texas
Preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle 2 was traveling south on U.S. Highway 271 and vehicle 3 was traveling north on U.S. Highway 271. Vehicle 1 was stopped on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 271 and the driver of vehicle 1 attempted to make a U-turn illegally. Vehicle 2 collided with vehicle 1, as vehicle 1 attempted the U-turn. Vehicle 1 then struck vehicle 3 and vehicle 4. This crash is still under investigation.
Weather Condition: Clear
Road Conditions: Dry
Investigated By: Trooper Mark Mckinney, DPS Pittsburg
A preliminary crash report will be available for purchase online in 10 days.
Sergeant Adam Albritton
Texas Department of Public Safety
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