Hearne man dies in Friday accident

A 65-year- old Hearne man became the third person to die on US 79 in Milam County this year when his eastbound vehicle left the highway between Gause and the Brazos River and struck a tree.

Johnny Mathews was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Gary Northcott of Thorndale who was summoned to the scene.

Trooper Erik Gaston said Mathews vehicle left the highway about 7 p.m., went through a fence and struck a tree.

Gaston said “no braking was indicated.” Vehicle damage was termed “extensive.”

The Gause Volunteer Fire Department was called to the crash scene, about three miles east of Gause.

FATALITIES—Two other fatalities were reported during the year on US 79 in southeastern Milam County.

On Feb. 1, a 70-year-old College Station man died in a collision between his SUV and an 18-wheeler between Milano and Gause.

A 21-year-old College Station resident, and Gause native, was killed June 11 in a two-vehicle crash between Milano and Gause when her car collided with another vehicle.

There was another Milam fatality on July 11 when a 65-year-old Buckholts resident was fatally injured in a vehicle-pedestrian collision as she attempted to cross Texas 36 at the FM 1915 intersection in that northern Milam county community.

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