NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In honor of a 22-year-old Kountze student who died as a result of a two-vehicle crash in Tyler County Wednesday afternoon, Stephen F. Austin State University will lower the SFA flag at the Vista entrance to half-staff on Monday, June 29.
"Our university is diminished by this loss, and our thoughts are with her family and friends," said Adam Peck, SFA's assistant vice president and dean of student affairs.
According to the Broussard Mortuary Website, a gathering of Timberlee Kaye Gossett's family and friends will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, which is located at 530 West Monroe in Kountze. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corner Stone Baptist Church, which is located at 1600 South Pine Street.
Michael Ray Simmons, 32, of Brookland, Doris McGowan Rogers, 62, of Warren, Jewel Denson McGowan, 95, of Warren, and Sharon Kaye Morgan, 68, of Kountze, all died at the scene of the accident. Brandon Lee Simmons, 30, of Colmesneil, died at a Woodville hospital at 6:53 p.m. Gossett died at a Beaumont hospital at 5:07 p.m.
According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred at about 3:15 p.m. near the intersection of US 69 and County Road 3205. Trooper Stephanie Davis, a DPS spokeswoman said that four of the six occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.
The two other occupants later died as a result of their injuries.
"Troopers and other emergency personnel are on the scene to assist other victims and to safely clear the scene," the press release stated.
Witnesses say a log truck, attempting to avoid the two crashed vehicles, swerved into a guardrail.
As a result of the wreck, US 69 was closed in both directions in the vicinity of CR 3205.