ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 69 South outside of Huntington resulted in the death of a 43-year-old man Thursday morning. Another man was taken to a Lufkin hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and later released.
Michael Randall Yates, of Huntington, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
According to DPS spokesman David Hendry, Yates was driving a maroon Nissan four-door south on US 69 and attempted to turn into a driveway when a black Jeep Patriot driven by Joshua David Goins, 22, also of Huntington, ran into the back of it.
The car spun into a ditch, and the SUV flipped.
Both lanes of traffic were blocked for a short time as emergency responders work to clean up the scene, and traffic was backed up a considerable difference in each direction.
Patty and Billy White are long time friends of Yates and say that wrecks along Highway 69 between Huntington and Zavalla are becoming a common occurrence and something needs to be done to sop them.
"Slow Down, be careful and drive defensively. Don't talk on your cell phone don't text and don't day dream when you come through here. It is way to dangerous. No one's life is worth talking on the phone or sending a text," said the Whites'.
Traffic is expected to pick up over the next few weeks and officials say that drivers need to be extra careful when getting behind the wheel.
"Summer months are coming up. Traffic is going to pick up with people on the roads traveling. People just need to remember to be cautious and alert," said Huntington Police Chief, Bobby Eperly Jr.
"Anywhere that you drive, the speed limits vary, so just the simple of paying attention and being aware of your surroundings is a key aspect of driving," said Hendry.
Hendry also said that charges are pending until the investigation can be completed.