Thursday, April 13, 2017

2 Fatalities Identified In Smith County Wreck


Two people are dead following a Wednesday night accident on Toll 49 in Smith County.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, around 10:20 p.m., troopers responded to a three-vehicle accident on Toll 49, just north of Highway 64.

The preliminary crash investigation revealed a car, driven by Annette Burkhart, 56, of Garland, was stopped southbound on the side of the roadway with a flat tire. A pickup truck, driven by Gary McCrary, 62, of Flint, was stopped behind the disabled car and McCrary was assisting Burkhart in changing the flat tire.

DPS says a car driven by Jessica Vass, 35, of Lindale was traveling southbound, approaching both stopped vehicles. According to DPS, Vass struck the back of the truck, then hit the other car, causing the vehicles to strike both Burkhart and McCrary. The vehicle Vass was driving rolled over, coming to rest in the middle of Toll 49.

McCrary was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Memorial Funeral Home in Tyler.

Burkhart was taken to a Tyler hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Vass was also taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released.

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