On April 12, 2017 at approximately Troopers responded to a three vehicle fatal crash on Loop-49 just north of Hwy-64 in Smith County. Preliminary crash investigation revealed that a 2013 Dodge Charger, driven by 56 year-old Annette Burkhart, was stopped southbound on the side of the roadway with a flat tire. A 2006 Chevrolet pick-up, driven by 62 year-old Gary McCrary was stopped behind the disabled Charger. McCrary was assisting Burkhart in changing the flat tire. A 2008 Toyota, driven by 35 year-old Jessica Vass of Lindale was traveling southbound approaching both stopped vehicles. Vass struck the back of the Chevrolet pick-up which then struck the Charger, causing the vehicles to strike both Burkhart and McCrary. The vehicle Vass was driving then rolled over, coming to rest in the middle of Loop-49.
McCrary was pronounced dead at the scene by JP Cowart, his body was taken to Memorial Funeral Home in Tyler.
Burkhart was transported to ETMC-Tyler where she was pronounced dead by Dr. Jason Murry.
Vass was transported to ETMC-Tyler were she was treated and released.
The investigation remains ongoing and there is no further information at this time.