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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Henderson Co. Fatal on March 5 2023

Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2             Number of Injured: 0                   Number killed: 1

Date & Time: 03/05/23 & 5:24 PM.

County: Henderson.

Location: FM 315, 6.5 miles South of Chandler.

Posted Speed Limit: 55 mph.

Weather Condition: Clear.

Road Conditions: Dry.

Vehicle 1: 2007 Yamaha Virago (MC).

Vehicle 2: 2012 Kia Optima.

Driver 1Deceased.

Louie Bell Russell, male, 56 YOA of Ben Wheeler, TX.

Helmet Worn: No.

Pronounced by: Dr. Austin Eagleton, UT Health Tyler, TX.

Driver 2:

Christian Edgerton, male, 45 YOA of Chandler, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes.

Not injured.


Preliminary investigation indicates vehicle 1 was traveling north, and Vehicle 2 was traveling south on FM 315. Vehicle 1, traveling at an unsafe speed, failed to drive in a single lane around a curve and struck vehicle 2 in the southbound lane. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.

Investigated By: Trooper T. Lummus, DPS Athens.

A preliminary crash report will be available for purchase online in 10 days.


Chris Williamson, Sergeant


Texas Department of Public Safety

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