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Truck driver suspected of intoxication in fatal wreck

Shannon Clifton mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail. Shannon Clifton mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A San Augustine man is dead after a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler.

It happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday on Highway 21, east of FM 3276 in Nacogdoches County.

DPS says the 18-wheeler was traveling eastbound on Hwy 21 when it crossed the center line hitting a car that was traveling westbound. A witness said the truck driver, Shannon Eugene Clifton, 40, of Nacogdoches, failed to stay within a single lane while driving.

The driver of the car, Dale Evans, 22, of San Augustine, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Kerry Don Williamson.

A passenger in the car, Jarius Jermaine Roberts, 24, was transported to a Nacogdoches hospital with critical injuries.

Clifton is in stable condition with minor lacerations at a Nacogdoches hospital.

DPS says everyone was wearing a seatbelt.

Williamson said Clifton is being investigated for intoxicated driving, as witnesses said he crossed the center line several times.

Clifton has a criminal history, with previous convictions for assault, public intoxication and theft.

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