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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – December 1, 2023 Rusk County Fatal crash on US 79

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

Date & Time: December 01, 2023, at 4:45 pm.

County: Rusk

Location: US Highway 79, 4 miles southwest of Henderson, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 70 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.


Vehicle 1: 2014 Western Star Truck Tractor, towing a trailer.

Driver 1:

Reginald Hicks, 47 YOA, from Frankston, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Not injured

Vehicle 2: 2002 Toyota Echo.

Driver 2: Deceased.

James Pinkerton, 74 YOA from Henderson, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced by: J.P. Cindy Redmon on scene.


Charles Hebert, 79, YOA from Alvin, TX

Seatbelt: Yes

Transported to UT Health, Henderson, TX


Description: A preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle 1, a truck tractor towing a trailer, was traveling southwest on US 79. Vehicle 2 was traveling southwest on US 79 behind Vehicle 1. Vehicle 1 made a U-turn with part of the load still in the southwest lanes of US 79. Vehicle 2 struck the load, traveling off the roadway and striking a culvert. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper Z. Mills, 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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