Local News

Officials identify driver of 18-wheeler who died after crashing into Toll 49 overpass

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) - Officials have identified the driver who died after his 18-wheeler struck the Toll 49 overpass at the Interstate 20 intersection Monday morning.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred around 8:30 a.m., while the semi was headed eastbound. The body of driver, identified as Anthony Watkins, of Dallas, has been sent for autopsy.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says the bridge shifted three inches upon impact. The damage is repairable, however, a timeline to fix the structure has not been determined.  The strength of the bridge was not affected.

The overpass has reopened to traffic after a seven hour closure and debris has been cleared.


Latest News


  • KFXK Fox 51

  • Friday Football Fever

  • KETK News

  • KFXK Fox 51

  • Friday Football Fever Scoreboard

  • KETK NBC East Texas

  • KFXK Fox51 East Texas

  • MyEastTex Mobile App