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Authorities searching for missing driver after crash

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 18:56:52-04

SHELBY COUNTY, TX — Authorities are searching for a driver who went missing after a crash in Shelby County.

Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers are investigating a one-vehicle crash that happened Wednesday evening on US 96, about two miles south of Center.

The driver, believed to be 28-year-old Andrew Blaine Hightower from Denton, was not located at the scene of the crash.

Troopers, along with members of the Center Fire Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, and two area vehicle-towing companies, searched the area Wednesday for signs of him. Authorities returned to the scene again Thursday for a search but did not find Hightower.

Family members told investigators Hightower was traveling from Fort Worth to Lake Charles, Louisiana.

He is listed as an overdue motorist, and law enforcement agencies in Southeast Texas have been made aware that he has not arrived at his destination.

Hightower is described as approximately 5'6" tall, 137 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on Hightower’s whereabouts is asked to contact local law enforcement or the DPS Communications Office in Lufkin at 936-699-7340.

Based on preliminary investigation, the 2005 Mini Cooper passenger car involved in the collision was traveling south when, for unknown reasons, it went off the roadway to the right and struck a culvert. The Mini Cooper then struck several trees before overturning.