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1 Dead in Shelby County Collision

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A Nacogdoches man is dead after being struck by an SUV that had traveled across the SH 7 median and on to the opposing shoulder.

Authorities Investigating Fatal Accident

According to KYTX, the accident happened roughly 4 miles west of Joaquin, Texas around 3:40 pm Wednesday.

Preliminary reports suggest the driver of a 2001 Ford Explorer, Sheila Hooks Dixon, 54, was traveling in the eastbound lane of SH 7 when she drifted across the center stripe and onto the westbound shoulder.

Dixon’s SUV then collided with a 2006 GMC Sierra pickup that was stopped on the shoulder and fatally injured the vehicle's driver, 34-year-old Arthur Edward Rogers, who was standing outside of his vehicle.

Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:20 pm. Authorities are still investigating the incident and have not commented on what caused Dixon to drift so far into opposing traffic.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

The following information was published Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • Traffic collisions on Texas roadways claimed the lives of 3,377 people last year.
  • 1,883 people lost their lives in accidents that occurred in rural areas and 523 people were killed in head-on collisions.
  • 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents and 89,270 people sustained serious injuries.
  • Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 485 deaths in 2013.


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