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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Anderson County Fatal crash, Dec 20 on US 287

Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2            Number of Injured: 0                    Number Killed: 2

Date & Time: December 20, 2023, at 7:52 am.

County: Anderson

Location: US Highway 287, 4 miles north of Elkhart, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 70 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.


Vehicle 1: 2022 Toyota Tacoma towing a trailer.

Driver 1: Deceased

Alfred Velma, 62 YOA, of Seagoville, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced by: J.P. Gary Thomas on scene.

Vehicle 2: 2018 Nissan Armada.

Driver 2: Deceased.

Celsey Lively, 32 YOA, of Elkhart, TX.

Seatbelt: No

Pronounced by: J.P. Gary Thomas on scene.


Description: A preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle 1 was towing a trailer, traveling south on US 287, approaching a curve near CR 1435. Vehicle 2 was traveling north on US 287. Vehicle 1’s trailer began to sway, causing Vehicle 1 to lose control and cross into the northbound lane, striking Vehicle 2. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper J. Sparkman, DPS – Palestine.


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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