James Pinkerton Killed in Accident at US Hwy 79 in Rusk County, TX

December 1, 2023
Victim's Name(s)
James Pinkerton
Type of Accident
Commercial Truck
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

U.S. 79, Palestine, Rusk County, TX, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Texas Department of Public Safety
Vehicles Involved
Passenger Car, Tractor-Trailer
US Hwy 79
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Tractor-trailer collided with another vehicle

What Happened

Area authorities are investigating a crash that killed a man at US Hwy 79 in Rusk County, TX on December 1st, 2023. Police say the incident happened as a tractor-trailer headed southwest on US Hwy 79. Officials allege the tractor-trailer performed a u-turn and blocking part of the roadway as another vehicle approached. Reports say that vehicle, operated by 74-year-old James Pinkerton, collided with truck, the impact sending the vehicle into a culvert. The crash left Pinkerton with fatal injuries at the scene while 79-year-old passenger, Charles Hebert, was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. Officials say the truck operator was uninjured and had no additional information available.

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