Breckenridge Village of Tyler van involved in crash outside Alto, one man dead, 12 others injured

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One person is dead following a crash involving a Breckenridge Village of Tyler Van, along US-69 on Saturday.

In a statement given to KETK officials with Breckenridge Village said

“This morning, twelve residents from Breckenridge Village were involved in a single vehicle van accident outside of Alto, Texas.”

According to a KETK viewer, the group was headed to the Special Olympics event in Lufkin when the crash occurred. 

Officials with BVT  said, “It is believed that the driver of the Breckenridge Village vehicle suffered a medical emergency and later perished at the scene.”

Texas Department of Public Safety identified the driver as Sylvester Conrod Jr., 55, of Tyler. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Tony Johnson and was transported to Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.  

Passengers reported only minor injuries as a result of the accident and were either treated on scene or transported to local area hospitals out of caution.

We are deeply shocked and saddened by this loss, and are focused on providing prayers, care and support to our residents, staff and families at this time.

-Breckenridge Village of Tyler


Texas State Troopers are investigating a fatal crash on US_69 just outside of Alto. Authorities were called out to that area a little after 7:30 a.m.

Preliminary crash investigation revealed that the driver of a 2003 Ford E350 passenger van was traveling south on US-69 when for some unknown reason, the driver ran off the roadway to the west, traveling through the grass and striking a concrete culvert and an electrical pole.  

The driver, Sylvester Conrod Jr., 55, of Tyler was pronounced at the scene by Judge Tony Johnson and was transported to Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.  

A passenger, identified as Grady Marshall, 66, of Tyler was transported to UT-Health East Texas-Tyler with non-life-threatening injuries.  

Twelve other adults were passengers of the van but were not injured.   

It’s unclear where the van was traveling to, or how the passengers are related to one another. 

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