Around East Texas 05/07/07

Fatal Accident

A Carthage man is dead after a one vehicle accident in Timpson. Around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, 20-year old Kale Lindsay was driving southbound on State FM 1970 in Shelby County when his Jeep Wrangler left the roadway striking a tree. Lindsay died at the scene. The wreck is still under investigation by the Department of Public Safety.

Jasper Man Killed

A Jasper man lost his life after a head-on collision last Friday night. The accident happened on U-S 96, about three miles south of Jasper. Officials from The Department of Public Safety said that 41-year old Sharon Borel of Kirbyville crossed over the center lane and struck 32-year old Lawrence Smith of Jasper head-on. Smith died at the scene. Borel and a passenger in Smith's car were injured. Authorities are still investigating the accident.

Polk County Gas Leak

A natural gas leak prompts an evacuation in Polk County. The Polk County sheriff's department has evacuated a one mile area along State highway 146 near Schwab City. This leak was reported (Saturday) afternoon but so far it has not been stopped. The owner is reportedly working with authorities to secure this leak. At this time, there are no reports of injuries and no damage.

Shelby County Shooting

More information is expected to be released today into a fatal shooting in Shelby County. According to the Shelby County sheriff's department, around noon Sunday, 71-year old Buster Ford shot and killed an unknown victim at his residence on Highway 96. That's right outside of Center. Officials charged Ford with murder, but released him from custody yesterday afternoon.

Industrial Fire Investigation

A state fire Marshall will arrive in East Texas today to determine the cause of a weekend industrial blaze. It happened around 10:30 Saturday night at the Wil-Mar utilities contractor company on highway 271, two miles south of Gilmer. crews arrived to find the equipment building on fire, with flames reaching into nearby trees. A nearby diesel gas pump was watered down to prevent an explosion. The fire was allowed to burn out and the trucks were salvaged, saving the jobs of contracted employees.