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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Rusk County Fatality traffic crash on March 15, 2024

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

Date & Time: March 15, 2024, at 7:56 am.

County: Rusk

Location: State Highway 149, 5.5 miles southeast of Tatum, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 70 MPH.

Road Condition: Dry.


Vehicle 1: 2007 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup

Driver 1: Deceased

Jerry Brantley, 17 YOA, of Tatum, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced by: Dr. Connie Dela’o at Christus Good Shepherd Longview, TX.

Vehicle 2:  2019 Ford F-350 Pickup

Driver 2:

Colby McDaniel, 23 YOA, of Kilgore, TX

Seatbelt: Yes

Transported to Hospital in Longview, TX



Description: Preliminary investigation indicates Vehicle 1 was stopped at the Intersection of FM 782 and SH 149.  Vehicle 2 was traveling southeast on SH 149.  Vehicle 1 turned left, failing to yield to Vehicle 2.  Vehicle 2 struck Vehicle 1 on its left side.  This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper C. Mitcham, 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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