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ROBERTSON COUNTY

One Dead in Fatal Wreck on Highway 6

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One person is dead and another is hospitalized after a crash on highway 6 in Robertson County, three miles south of Hearne.

The crash involved a 2008 Nissan driving north bound that swerved three lanes into the path of a semi truck traveling south bound. The accident shut down the highway completely for awhile.

The driver of the car, 39-year old Charles Wheatfall from Navasota, was killed in the accident and the driver of the semi truck, 58-year old Billy Higgins of college station, was taken to St. Joseph's with none life threatening injuries.
     
Glenn Burt, a truck driver not involved in the accident says he has been driving this road for almost 37 years." I drive it daily and every time you travel this highway you'll see something different," said Burt.

He says that the accidents have only gotten worse. "This highway's been notorious for accidents. Even back when it was two lanes, it was notorious. And TXDOT did their best, they made it four lanes and its still just a bad notorious highway from here all the way to Hempstead," said Burt.

Although the case of this particular accident isn't know, there are different theories as to why this highway is so dangerous.

DPS trooper Jimmy Morgan thinks it might have something to do with the structure of the road.
 "If you look at SH 6 and US190 as a total highway you realize that south of college station its split, north of Hearne its split," said Morgan. "And here we've got two highways divided by a center left turn, so there is very little time to react if somebody comes over. And this is what can happen if you're not paying attention." 

Truck driver Burt thinks mobile devices could be to blame. "A majority of the times as cars pass us, if you look down you'll see people texting, or cell phoning or something. And just not paying attention to the road," said Burt.

The truck was carrying gravel and traffic was slowed as they cleared the roads and investigated the accident. The north bound lanes were opened to relieve traffic, to have one lane in each direction open.
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