One dead in Canton crash

UPDATE: DPS identifies driver of 18-wheeler as 83 year old W.C. Brooks of Athens.

CANTON (KYTX) - The driver of an 18-wheeler is dead after crashing into a city office complex in Canton this afternoon.

It happened at about 1:30 p.m. DPS says the driver of an SUV was headed West on Highway 64 and cut off the driver of the 18-wheeler, who was traveling East. DPS says he swerved off the highway to avoid hitting the SUV, then crashed into the office building. DPS says the building and truck caught fire and the driver died at the scene.

DPS is not releasing any names until family has been notified. We're told the driver of the SUV was checked by EMS on scene and is doing fine.

No citations have been issued and the crash is still under investigation.

Canton Police, DPS, South Van Zandt firefighters and Canton firefighters worked the accident.


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