Yoakum man, 90, dies after flatbed crash

Sonny Long

Dec. 19, 2012 at 6:19 a.m.
Updated Dec. 20, 2012 at 6:20 a.m.

A 90-year-old Yoakum man died after a wreck in DeWitt County on Tuesday.

Bryan Hargis was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio after crashing into a flatbed trailer being pulled by a 2007 Kenworth truck.

The crash occurred about 1:30 p.m. on Alternate U.S. Highway 77, one quarter-mile north of U.S. Highway 183, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Craig Wycoff.

He died later, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The empty trailer was across both lanes of traffic as the truck driver, Kenneth John Marshall, 54, of Pearl, Miss., attempted to make a U-turn on the highway near the crest of a hill, Wycoff said.

"From witness accounts, they could see the truck, but the trailer may have blended into the sunlight and was difficult to see," Wycoff said.

"Mr. Hargis did move over as he approached, but broadsided the trailer and his truck went partially under it."

Hargis was driving a 2010 Dodge pickup.

Cuero Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene. Hargis was wearing a seat belt that had to be cut to remove him from the truck, the trooper said.

The crash remains under investigation.



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