On March 30, 2021, at 6:00 pm, Troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on FM-17 inside Canton’s city limit in Van Zandt County. The driver of a 2018 Nissan Altima stopped at a stop sign on IH-20 north service road at FM-17. The driver failed to yield the right of way, pulling into the intersection, and a 2018 Dodge RAM 3500 struck him as it traveled northbound on FM-17.
They identified Tzu Lo Chen, 27, of Dallas, as the driver of the Nissan. Ms. Chen was transported to Christus Trinity Mother Francis–Tyler in critical condition. A passenger in her vehicle, Chih Hao Tseng, 27, of Dallas, was transported to Christus Trinity Mother Francis–Canton, where Judge Plaster later pronounced him. Eubanks Funeral Home in Canton has him.
The driver of the Dodge was Gerald Wayne Bass, 57, of Grand Saline. They treated Bass and released him at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.