Tatum man killed in Rusk County crash

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 12:12 PM CST
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At 7:20 Wednesday evening, DPS Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on FM-1716 approximately 3.8 miles south of the city of Tatum in Rusk County. The preliminary report indicates that the driver of a 2005 Freightliner towing a semi-trailer was traveling north on FM-1716 on the wrong side of the roadway. At the same time, the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Z71 was traveling on FM-1716 in the southbound lane. The driver of the Freightliner attempted to move back into the northbound lane but its towed unit was still partially in the wrong lane when it was struck by the southbound Chevrolet which then caught fire.

The driver of the Freightliner was identified as Leonardo Ochoa, 28, of Alvarado. Ochoa was not injured in the crash.

The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as Jimmy Gaytan, 39, of Tatum. Gaytan was pronounced at the scene by Judge Redman and was taken to Crawford A. Crim Funeral Home in Henderson.

The crash remains under investigation.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Gaytan was driving on the wrong side of the road.

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