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Nacogdoches man dies in crash on U.S. Highway 59 north after striking tree

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:09 am

A Nacogdoches man was killed on U.S. Highway 59 north Monday night after rear-ending another vehicle and then crashing into a tree.

The 37-year-old man, whose name will be released pending family notification, was northbound in a Cadillac Deville when he rear-ended a woman in a Ford Explorer and then crashed into a pine tree around 9:45 p.m. in the 5000 block of U.S. Highway 59 north, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Rodney Tucker. His car came to rest on the driver’s side with its midsection crushed in.

Initially, the man was believed to be alive and a medical helicopter was called to the scene. Once Lufkin firefighters made entry into the mangled vehicle, they found the man was dead.

Tony Sanchez, who lives in a house next to where the car came to rest, said upon hearing the crash, he came outside to see what happened and called 911.

“I tried to talk to him, but he didn’t respond,” Sanchez said.

It took more than an hour for emergency responders to remove the man’s body from the vehicle.

Justice of the Peace Pct. No. 2. Donnie Puckett pronounced him dead on scene.

Tucker said the accident remains under investigation pending toxicology results on the man.  The driver of the Ford Explorer was physically uninjured in the crash. Her vehicle suffered minor damage, Tucker said.

The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office was also on the scene to assist with traffic control.

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