On February 6, 2021, at 11:10 pm, Troopers responded to a fatal crash on IH-20, approximately five miles west of Van in Van Zandt County. The driver of a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling east on IH-20 when for an unknown reason, the driver ran off the roadway to the right then overcorrected to the left, causing the vehicle to side skid and overturned several times, ejecting the three unrestrained occupants.
They identified the driver as Guadalupe Bahena, 22, of Tyler. Paramedics flew Bahena to Christus Trinity Mother Francis Hospital–Tyler in serious condition. Her passenger, Hector Brito Hernandez, 23, of Tyler, was also flown to Christus Trinity Mother Francis Hospital–Tyler in serious condition. Jude Wade McMillan pronounced a four-year-old at the scene, and Hilliards Funeral Home in Van has the child.