SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – A major wreck on Highway 31 left two people dead and two others, including a child, injured.
According to a preliminary report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, 59-year-old Margaret Reavis of Texarkana, Arkansas was driving east on State Highway 31, roughly 10 miles east of Tyler around 9:38 Friday morning. Passengers in the 2015 Hyundai Accent included 49-year-old Letha Frost of Tyler and a 3-year-old child.
DPS said the Hyundai was traveling east in the right lane of Highway 31, and a 2016 Dodge Ram 3500 was travelling behind them, headed east in the left lane. The driver of the Hyundai allegedly slowed to make a U-turn to travel west on Highway 31 and “turned when unsafe” in front of the Dodge Ram, DPS said.
The Dodge and Hyundai collided and they came to a stop in the westbound lanes of Highway 31.
Reavis and Frost were pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Curtis Wulf. The 3-year-old child in the car with them suffered incapacitating injuries and was taken to a children’s hospital in Dallas.
The driver of the Dodge had non-incapacitating injuries and was taken to a Tyler hospital.