UPDATE: Victim identified in Hwy 31 E fatal wreck

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 12:00pm

SMITH COUNTY — KFXK has learned 26-year old Michael Paz, of Kilgore, was the person killed in today's fatal wreck on Highway 31 East.

SMITH COUNTY — According to Smith County Pct. 4 Judge Shamburger, the fatal victim was traveling west on Highway 31 from Kilgore to Tyler. The man was passing a car when he realized he wasn't going to make the pass, so he tried to get back into his lane, but overcorrected and clipped a car, sending him head-on into a Jeep.

Judge Mitch Shamburger pronounced the driver dead at the scene.

Shamburger tells KFXK , this is the third wreck in the last 24 hours on Highway 31 caused by high speeds.

It is unknown if alcohol is involved in the wreck. A toxicology report has been ordered.

The body has been sent to the Rader funeral home in Kilgore.

Eastbound lanes have re-opened.

SMITH COUNTY — Officials have confirmed at least one person has died in the wreck on Highway 31 East.

The victim has been identified as a 26-year old male from Kilgore. His name has not been released.

Witness tell KFXK, one of the drivers caused the wreck by weaving in and out of traffic until colliding head-on with another vehicle.

The vehicles involved are a Jeep and a sedan.

There are serious injuries reported. The jaws of life are being used.

KFXK will continue to update.

KFXK crews on scene report that Eastbound traffic is shut down while officials work the scene. Westbound lanes are open.

There are three vehicles involved.

No details yet on what injuries might be involved.

KFXK will continue to update this story as the information comes in.

Crews are working a wreck on Highway 31 East, just inside the Smith County line near Gregg County.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid this area.

KFXK has a crew en route and will bring you more information as it becomes available.


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