Fatal Accident under Loy Lake Bridge

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SHERMAN, TX -- Around 11:20 Tuesday night, Sherman police say a Tyson produce truck travelling northbound on Highway 75 left the roadway, striking a guardrail and concrete pillars under the Loy Lake overpass. The semi ended up in the median.

The driver, 53-year-old Kenneth Carter of Georgia was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It was tragic already enough but it would have been even more so if he would have crossed over into the northbound, or the southbound lanes," says Sherman Sergeant D.M. Hampton.

First responders were on the scene quickly.

The left hand lane of northbound Highway 75 was re-opened early Wednesday morning.

The Sherman Police Critical Accident Investigation Team is now investigating what caused the accident.

"He ended up hitting the pilings that were actually underneath Loy Lake but then he came to rest against the ones that are being built for the new expansion," says Sherman Sergeant D.M. Hampton.

Sherman Police say there is no indication the construction in the area played any role in the accident. Police say no construction workers were at the scene and the current construction is on the southbound lanes of Highway 75.

Another fatal semi accident occurred in the same area on December 12th of last year due to icy conditions.

TxDOT says the damage from Tuesday's accident is minor and did not impact the integrity of the bridge.

"There is no structural damage, so right now there are no plans. We had an engineer, a bridge engineer, go out and inspect it this morning and that is what they found," says TxDOT Public Information Officer, Becky Ozuna.