Five Die in Smith County Car Wrecks Overnight

Two fatal wrecks in Smith County Saturday night claimed the lives of five people.

The first happened at the intersection of CR 4129 and CR 452 shortly before 9 p.m. Tyler DPS reports say Larry Williams Jr. (27) of Lindale died when a van struck his motorcycle head on. The van apparently had been driving on the wrong side of the road. Another woman involved in the collision suffered broken bones, but is expected to recover.

Just a short three hours later, four people were killed and three injured on highway 31 East, near FM 2908. Authorities say a vehicle attempting to pass in the left lane, struck a car in the right lane. A third vehicle swerving to avoid the wreck overturned. The accident killed 31-year old Tammy Baker of Overton; 21-year old Banda Cedillo, also Mayra Cedillo and Jose Saldana, all of Kilgore.