DPS identifies victim in fatal 31 crash

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One person died Monday morning following a major crash near Tyler.

According to DPS, at around 9:11 a.m., a two-vehicle crash was reported about two miles east of Loop 323 on Highway 31 E. Authorities said one person died in the accident. 

The victim has been identified as Zachary Piper, 23, of Athens.

A preliminary report stated a truck was headed east on Highway 31 and crossed into the westbound lanes where it hit a garbage truck. 

The driver of the garbage truck was identified as Michael Williams, 49, of Tyler.

The victim’s body was taken to Lighthouse Funeral Home in Tyler.

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