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Chester man killed in collision near Polk County Line

BARNUM – A Chester man was killed Tuesday when the pickup truck he was driving collided with an 18-wheeler on FM 287 East near the Polk County line.

The deceased, 63-year-old Alfred Bryan, had been driving a 2004 Ford pickup truck eastbound when, for unknown reasons, the pickup crossed the center line into the westbound line and collided with the front left of a 2014 Kenworth truck driven by Steven Coleman, 43, of Jefferson, according to a preliminary report filed by Texas Highway Patrol Cpl. Ramey Bass. Following impact, the pickup truck spun and came to rest, facing west, in the eastbound lane. Coleman was able to pull his truck onto the grass on the right side of the highway.

Alfred was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace at 4:17 p.m. His body was transported by Corrigan Funeral Home to the medical examiner's office in Beaumont. Coleman was listed as uninjured in the accident, which occurred at approximately 2:50 p.m.

Investigation into the cause of the accident is continuing. Bass was assisted at the scene by DPS Sgt. Sam Lattner and Troopers Robert Akers, Darwon Evans and Zach Lenderman. The Corrigan and Woodville volunteer fire departments and Polk County Sheriff's Department also responded to the scene.