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Gilmer Woman Dies In Upshur County Crash

DPS Report

Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2              

Number of Injured: 1                  

Number killed: 1

Date & Time: 2/01/2022 5:34 pm

County: Upshur

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.

Seatbelt: Yes

Driver 2: Deceased Verna L. Harris, female, 49, of Gilmer, TX.

Pronounced by: Judge Mitch Shamburger at UT-Health East Texas – Tyler.

Seatbelt: No


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