Six dead as result of two-vehicle accident

Six dead as result of two-vehicle accident

Six people are dead as the result of a two-vehicle crash on US-69 near Colmesneil on June 24, reports DPS Trooper Stephanie Davis.

The crash occurred at approximately 3:15 p.m. on US-69 near CR 3205 in Tyler County, 0.7 miles south of Colmesneil, and although two people injured in the accident were taken to local emergency rooms, ultimately, DPS reports, there were no survivors in the fatal crash.

According to the news release, 30-year-old Brandon Lee Simmons of Colmesneil was driving a 1997 GMC pickup truck traveling northbound on US-69. A 2011 GMC SUV being driven by 62-year-old Warren resident Doris McGowan Rogers was traveling southbound on US-69. For an unknown reason, Simmons’s vehicle reportedly crossed the center stripe into the southbound lane and struck the GMC SUV head-on.

Simmons, the driver of the pickup truck, was transported to Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, where he pronounced deceased at 6:53 p.m. The passenger of the GMC pickup truck, Michael Ray Simmons, 32, of Brookland was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Trisha Ford.

Rogers, the driver of the GMC SUV, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ford. Two passengers of the GMC SUV, Jewel Denson McGowan, 95, of Warren, and Sharon Kaye Morgan, 68, of Kountze, were both pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ford.  The final passenger of the GMC SUV, 22-year-old Timberlee Kay Gossett of Kountze, was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Gossett died at the hospital at 5:07 p.m., according to the report from DPS.

The crash closed US-69 in both directions for about five hours, Trooper Davis reported. The investigation is ongoing.

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