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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Rusk County Fatal Crash on November 1, 2023

Number of Vehicles in Crash: 3            Number of Injured: 2                    Number Killed: 2

Date & Time: November 01, 2023, at 5:25 pm.

County: Rusk

Location: US Highway 79, 7 miles west of Henderson, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 70 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.


Vehicle 1: 2006 Chevrolet Silverado.

Driver 1: Deceased

Johnathan E Holland, 18 YOA, from Henderson, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced by: J.P. Childress on scene.

Passenger: Deceased

Addison L Shepard, 10 YOA from Henderson, TX

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced by: J.P. Childress on scene.

Vehicle 2: 2019 Jeep Wrangler.

Driver 2:

Brianne N Shutter, 36 YOA from Henderson, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Transported to Christus Mother Frances Tyler, TX


Hailey G Gadner, 13 YOA from Henderson, TX

Seatbelt: Yes

Transported to LSU Hospital, LA

Vehicle 3: 2018 Ram 2500 Pickup towing a trailer

Driver 3:

Carroll R Higgins, 63 YOA from Paducah, KY

Seatbelt: Yes.

Not transported.


Description: Preliminary investigation indicates vehicle 1 was traveling east on US 79 and slowed down to make a left turn. Vehicle 2 was traveling east on US 79 behind Vehicle 1 and failed to control its speed, striking Vehicle 1 in the rear. Vehicle 1 crossed into the lane of west US 79. Vehicle 3, towing a trailer, was traveling west on US 79 and struck Vehicle 1. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper D. Nichols, DPS – Henderson.


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



Chris Williamson, Sergeant

Texas Department of Public Safety

Safety Education / Media & Communications

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