Motorcyclist killed in Tyler County head-on collision that led to fire


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    The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred at about 6:30 p.m. February 12 on US 190 in Tyler County.

    The motorcycle and a pickup truck collided head-on just east of County Road 2175, on US 190 about eight miles west of Woodville.

    Initial reports indicate the driver of a 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling westbound on US 190, according to the DPS. The driver of a 2003 Dodge pickup truck was traveling eastbound on US 190. According to the driver of the Dodge, there appeared to be headlights in his traffic lane so he moved to the shoulder of the roadway. The driver of the Dodge took evasive action to avoid a collision by veering back to the left, but struck the motorcycle. Upon impact, both vehicles caught fire.

    The driver of the Harley Davidson motorcycle, 53-year-old Matthew Calley from Magnolia, Texas, died at the scene.

    The driver of the Dodge, 41-year-old Derick Simmons of Point Blank, Texas, and his two passengers, were treated by medical personnel and released a short time later.

    The motorcycle and passenger vehicle left the highway near the wood line and both caught on fire, subsequently causing a small woods fire which was handled by the White Tail Ridge and Shady Grove Fire Departments.

    This remains an ongoing investigation as Troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to the fatal crash.



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