6-year-old boy killed in major crash on US-69 in Hardin County

FROM TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY:  At approximately 4:30 PM Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on US 69 in Hardin County. The crash occurred in the Village Mills community.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2003 Lexus passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on US 69.  A Ryder truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling northbound on US 69.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the Lexus crossed the center median, traveled into the northbound traffic lane and was struck by the 18-wheeler.  The impact of the collision caused the Lexus to rollover several times before coming to rest in the ditch.

The driver of the Lexus, 37-year-old Jason Abernathy of Woodville, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

Abernathy remains hospitalized. 

The passenger of the Lexus, a 6-year-old boy from Woodville, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace TJ Hall at the scene.  The child’s name will not be released.  Abernathy was the deceased child’s father.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, a 43-year-old male from Longview, did not appear to be injured, but was taken to a local hospital for observation.

(KTRE) - At this time, alternate northbound and southbound traffic lanes on US 69 are being utilized while crash debris is being removed from the roadway.  Drivers are urged to use caution while traveling in the area.

There are no further details to be released as Troopers continue to investigate this fatal crash.

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