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Fatal Van Zandt County Crash

Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2               Number of Injured: 1                    Number killed:  1

Date & Time: 1/10/2022 4:15 PM

County: Van Zandt

Location: SH 64, approximately eight miles east of Ben Wheeler, TX.

Posted Speed Limit: 70 mph

Vehicle 1: 2021 Chevrolet Trax SUV

Vehicle 2: 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

Driver 1:

Mary L. Robinson, female, 71 YOA, of Canton, TX.

They transported her to Christus Trinity Mother Francis Hospital – Tyler in stable condition.

Seatbelt: Yes

Driver 2: Deceased

Toni L. Powell, female, 42 YOA, of Fruitvale, TX.

Seatbelt: Yes

Pronounced by: Judge Scott Shinn at the scene.


Preliminary investigation indicates Unit 2 westbound SH 64 stopped due to a school bus ahead, off-loading students. Unit 1 failed to control its speed and struck Unit 2. The driver of unit 1 claimed the sun was causing her to have limited visibility. The crash occurred because Unit 1 failed to control speed, and driver one had limited visibility.

Weather Condition: Clear

Road Conditions: Dry