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Two-vehicle accident in Smith Co. results in two fatalities

SMITH CO., February 18, 2014—On Monday evening, shortly after 6:00 p.m., a two-vehicle accident in Smith County resulted in two fatalities.

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark, the accident happened on US 271, near FM 16. One vehicle was northbound on US 271, and the second vehicle was southbound on US 271. The northbound vehicle crossed over into the southbound lane and hit the second vehicle head-on. The vehicles involved were a 2003 Ford Focus and a 2003 Chevy Silverado. The Silverado caught fire as a result of the accident.

Killed in the accident were 27 year-old Bobby Lee Phillips of Gladewater and 63 year-old David Marshall Southerland of Tyler.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Trooper Dark about the accident and investigation. Click below for more.


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