TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Ellis County Fatal Crash
Number of Vehicles in Crash: 4 Number of Injured: 1 Number killed: 1
Date & Time: 05/17/23 10:39 AM
Location: I.H. 45, ½ mile south of Alma
Posted Speed Limit: 70 mph
Vehicle 1: 2014 Kenworth T680
Vehicle 2: 2023 GG Trailer Chassis
Vehicle 3: 2023 Freightliner
Vehicle 4: 2023 Great Dane Flatbed
Driver 1: Deceased
Reginald Fairley, male, 56 YOA of Houston, TX.
Pronounced by: Justice of the Peace Chris Macon, on scene.
Andsel Searight, male, 51 YOA of Conroe, TX.
Non-incapacitating injuries, not transported
Preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle 1, towing vehicle 2, was traveling north on IH45. Vehicle 3, towing vehicle 4, was also traveling north on IH45. Vehicle 1 failed to control speed while changing lanes and struck vehicle 4. This was initially reported as two fatalities. It is only a single fatality currently. This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information currently.
Weather Condition: Clear
Road Conditions: Dry
Investigated By: Sergeant Charles Fox, Ellis County DPS
A preliminary crash report will be available for purchase online in 10 days. Link: https://cris.dot.state.tx.us/public/Purchase/crashReportSearch.htm
Sergeant William Lockridge
Texas Department of Public Safety