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Identity released in fatal Highway 31 accident


A fatal wreck occurred on Highway 31 between Kilgore and Tyler Tuesday night.

Sabine Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, just east of FM 3053, and said that the accident was a head-on collision.

The Department of Public Safety says the driver of a white pick-up truck is reported to have crossed the center line and hit a black SUV head-on. The SUV driver, Christopher Payne, 47 of Tyler, was killed in the collision. His body was taken to Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore.

The driver of the truck, Zachary Howard, was conscious and speaking, DPS Trooper Bobby Dean said. Howard was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center, where he is stable.

The accident is still under investigation and charges are pending.

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