At 7:21 the morning of October 17th, Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on FM-756 just north of FM-346 in Smith County. The vehicles involved include a 2006 Jeep and a 2002 Chevrolet pickup. One person was confirmed deceased. Additional information was released later that the accident occurred 3 miles west of the city of Whitehouse in Smith County. Preliminary crash reports indicate that the driver of a 2006 Jeep, Keaton Pierce Conder, 18, of Tyler was traveling south on FM-756, crossed over the center line into northbound lane and struck a 2002 Chevrolet 1500 pickup. The driver of the Chevrolet, John J. Talton, 62, of Whitehouse was pronounced at the scene by Jude James Meredith and transported to Lighthouse Mortuary in Tyler. Conder was transported to Christus Mother Francis Hospital-Tyler in stable condition. The crash remains under investigation.
At approximately 7:28, Troopers responded to an ARP ISD school bus that had slid off the roadway on CR-244 and CR-26 in Smith County. Children were not injured and arrangements have been made to get them to their destination. No other vehicles were involved and the scene was cleared within minutes.