DPS Investigates E Hwy 31 Fatality Accident

Last Friday at approximately 4:14 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers were called to a three vehicle crash on the east bound side of SH 31 approximately; 0.5 miles east of FM 1129; in the city limits of Powell; in Navarro county.

The preliminary investigation shows that for an as of yet undetermined reason  a silver 2009 Toyota Camry was traveling west in the eastbound side of SH 31. A blue 2021 Toyota Rav4 SUV was traveling east in the left lane of the eastbound side of SH 31 and a black 2022 Ford F350 was traveling east behind the Rav4. The Camry struck the Rav4 on the front left side with its front left. The driver of the Camry was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle and the driver came to rest in the center median. The Rav4 came to a stop on the right grassy shoulder. The F350 came to a stop on the right shoulder due to debris striking and damaging the windshield.

The driver of the Camry was 59 year-old, Diane Darnley, of Kerens. Ms. Darnley was pronounced deceased at the scene by Judge Darrell Waller of Precinct #2. Ms. Darnley was transported to the Griffen Roughten Funeral Home in Corsicana. The driver of the Rav4 was 70 year-old, Brad Thomas, of Trinidad and the passenger 49 year-old, Scott Veltman, of Corsicana were both flown by air ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with incapacitating injuries. The driver of the F350, 20 year-old, Harley Plant, of Corsicana was not injured.

The investigation is still on-going and there is no other information available at this time.


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