On May 25, 2018 at 2:32 PM, Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on IH-20, 10 miles east of the city of Lindale. Preliminary crash investigative reports indicate that a 2017 Nissan Altima, driven by Victor Leonard Watson, 59, of Pensacola FL., was traveling west bound on IH-20 in the left lane while a 2016 International truck tractor towing a semi-trailer, driven by Wayne Maxwell Combee, 64, of Lakeland FL., was traveling west in the right lane. Watson failed to drive in a single lane, traveling partially off the left sid3 of the roadway before over correcting to the right across the left and right eastbound lanes. The truck tractor struck the Altima in the right lane of IH-20.
As a result of the crash, Watson was transported to ETMC-Tyler in stable condition. A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Frank Watson, 62, of Tampa FL., was also transported to ETMC-Tyler in critical condition. Another passenger, identified as Darla McCloud Watson, 62, of Tampa FL., was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Cowart, her body transported to Hillard Funeral Home in Van.
Combee was not injured in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.