Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2 Number of Injured: 1 Number Killed: 1
Date & Time: August 27, 2023, at 7:39 pm.
Location: State Highway 19, .3 miles east of Athens, TX.
Posted Speed Limit: 70 MPH.
Road Condition: Wet.
Vehicle 1: 2008 Chrysler Sebring.
Driver 1: Deceased.
Declan Allen Buss, 16 YOA, from Murchison, TX.
Pronounced by: J.P. Milton Adams on scene.
Vehicle 2: 2021 Lincoln Corsair.
Harold Ray Rash, 87, YOA from Athens, TX.
Transported to UT Health, Athens TX.
Description: Preliminary investigation indicates vehicle 1 was traveling eastbound on SH 19, lost control traveling into the westbound lanes, and was struck by vehicle 2. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.
Investigated by: Trooper A. White, DPS – Athens.
A preliminary crash report will be available for purchase online in 10 days
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Chris Williamson, Sergeant
Media and Communications/ Safety Education
Texas Department of Public Safety