Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2
Number of Injured: 1
Number killed: 1
Date & Time: 2/01/2022 5:34 pm
Location: US 271, approximately 1.7 miles south of Gilmer, TX.
Posted Speed Limit: 65 mph
Vehicle 1: 2005 Chevrolet Astro
Vehicle 2: 2003 Nissan Frontier
Driver 1: Brendan R. Durkin, male, 53, of Gilmer, TX.
Transported: UT-Health East Texas – Tyler in stable condition.
Driver 2: Deceased Verna L. Harris, female, 49, of Gilmer, TX.
Pronounced by: Judge Mitch Shamburger at UT-Health East Texas – Tyler.
Preliminary investigation indicates Unit 1 was traveling north on US 271 directly behind Unit 2. Unit 2 slowed, preparing to turn left into a private drive on the west side of US 271. Unit 1 failed to control its speed and struck Unit 2.
Weather Condition: Clear
Road Conditions: Dry
Investigated By: Trooper James Payne, DPS Gilmer