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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Fatal Crash August 27, 2023 on SH 19 in Henderson County


Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2            Number of Injured: 1                    Number Killed: 1

Date & Time: August 27, 2023, at 7:39 pm.

County: Henderson

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.

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced by: J.P. Milton Adams on scene.

Vehicle 2: 2021 Lincoln Corsair.

Driver 2:

Harold Ray Rash, 87, YOA from Athens, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

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

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