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UPDATED: Crash on US 79 in Rusk County leaves 2 dead

The names of the deceased will be released after their families are notified.
Credit: KYTX

RUSK COUNTY, Texas — Two people died in a wreck on U.S. Highway 79 South in Rusk County that occurred early Sunday morning, according to a statement the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management made on social media. 

The Rusk County Office of Emergency Management posted on their Twitter and Facebook pages that the crash happened at the intersection of US 79 and County Road 4255.

The wreck occurred at 7:43 a.m. and involved two vehicles.

"The investigators' preliminary report indicates that the driver of a 2015 Ford F-150 was traveling northbound on US 79 when for an unknown reason, drove on the wrong side of the roadway and struck a southbound 2020 Toyota Tacoma head-on," a statement from the Department of Public Safety said. 

The driver of the Ford was identified as Benjamin Cole Montrose, 20, of Larue.  Montrose was pronounced at the scene by Judge Risinger and was taken to Crawford A Crimm Funeral Home in Henderson.

The driver of the Toyota was identified as Dakota Chase Pardue, 25, of Henderson.  Pardue was pronounced at the scene by Judge Risinger and was taken to Crawford A Crimm Funeral Home in Henderson.

The crash is still under investigation.