Milam gets first 2011 fatality on Tuesday

A 70-year-old College Station man became Milam County’s first traffic fatality of 2011 Tuesday afternoon in a collision between an SUV and an 18- wheeler between Milano and Gause.

John Shock ley died at the scene, US 79 about three miles east of Milano, according to State Trooper Ernest DelBosque.

DelBosque said Shockley was traveling eastbound in a 2003 Mercedes SUV when the vehicle veered into the westbound lane and collided with a westbound 18- wheeler rig operated by 48-yearold David Sanders of Milano.

DelBosque said the Mercedes struck the truck tractor on the left side.

Sanders was not serious- ly injured, according to Del- Bosque.

The Rockdale and Milano Volunteer Fire Departments were summoned to the scene along with an AMR ambulance and paramedics.

Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Rick Gommert was called to the site and he pronounced Shockley dead.

DelBosque said both men were wearing their seat belts. Damages were termed extensive.

Sanders was pulling a dump trailer, according to the DPS.

Traffic was initially blocked in both lanes of the highway and firefighters re- directed traffic down US 79’s shoulders around the accident scene during the cleanup phase.

DelBosque was assisted at the scene by DPS Sgt. Michael Nix, Trooper David Yarbrough and DPS Weights & Measures Terry Newman of Waco.

The crash was one of four investigated in South Milam County during the past week. No injuries were reported in the other three. (See photo, page 3A and newsbrief, page 2A.)

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