By Staff Reporters
Two Tyler County residents were killed Friday at about 11:30 a.m. in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Hwy. 69 just south of Ivanhoe.
DPS spokeswoman Sgt. Stephanie Davis said the preliminary investigation by troopers with the Texas Highway Patrol indicate that a 2004 Dodge passenger was northbound on U.S. 69 and pulled onto the shoulder of the road, preparing to make a U-turn.
The driver pulled into the path of 2017 Buick SUV that was also northbound. The Buick struck the smaller Dodge vehicle in the driver's side — sending both vehicles into the ditch alongside the southbound lanes.
The two occupants of the Dodge vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford. The driver was later identified by DPS as Tommy Bailey, 58, of Woodville. Heather McGough, 33, of Warren was a passenger in the car.
The driver of the Buick, 71-year-old William Tinkle of Beaumont, and his passenger both refused medical treatment.
This crash remains under investigation as Troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to this fatal crash, Davis said.