Man dead after car veers into oncoming traffic on US-271 near Gilmer.
According to Texas DPS troopers, the crash occurred on US-271 in Upshur County near Gilmer at approximately 8:26 a.m. Thursday morning.
Preliminary crash investigation revealed that a 1996 Dodge van was traveling north on US-271 in the inside lane.
A 1998 Toyota Avalon was traveling south on US-271 in the inside lane.
The driver of the Toyota was traveling at an unsafe speed for the wet roadway and lost traction. The Toyota began to skid and rotate. It crossed into the northbound traffic lanes where it was struck by the Dodge van.
The driver of the Toyota was identified as Leno Garza Aguirre, 20 years-old of Mt. Pleasant. Aguirre was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Rhonda Welch, his was body taken to Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer.
The driver of the Dodge van was identified as James Fuller, 47 years-old of Jacksonville. Fuller was taken to ETMC-Pittsburg in stable condition with non-incapacitating injuries.
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