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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – March 25, 2024 Cherokee County traffic crash fatality on US 69

Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2            Number of Injured: 0                    Number Killed: 1

Date & Time: March 25, 2024, at 1:43 pm.

County: Cherokee

Location: US Highway 69, 5 miles south of Rusk, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 70 MPH.

Road Condition: Wet.


Vehicle 1: 2011 Freightliner Truck Tractor pulling a trailer.

Driver 1:

Nelson Terrell, 38 YOA, of Houston, TX.

Seatbelt: YES

Not transported.

Vehicle 2: 2023 RAM Van.

Driver 2: Deceased.

Nicholas Schintgen, 44 YOA, of Lino Lakes, MN.

Seatbelt: YES

Pronounced by Justice of the Peace, Amber Hood, on scene.


Description: Preliminary investigation indicates vehicle 1 was towing a trailer, traveling south on US 69. Vehicle 3 was also traveling south on US 69.  Vehicle 1 was traveling at an unsafe speed for the road conditions.  Vehicle 1 driver lost control of Vehicle 1, striking Vehicle 3.  Vehicle 3 traveled off the west edge of the roadway striking a tree.  This investigation is ongoing, and no additional information is available.


Investigated by: Trooper T. Murdoch, 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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