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March 31, 2006

Three die in tractor-trailer collision

Three people, including a West Tawakoni mother of two, are dead following a four-vehicle accident on State Highway 276 in southern Hunt County Wednesday afternoon.

A westbound tractor-trailer driven by Norris Montgomery, 29, of Tyler, failed to negotiate a slight curve about three-tenths of a mile west of Farm Road 36 about 1:30 p.m., according to Department of Public Safety Communications Officer Gary Whitten.

Montgomery’s truck entered the eastbound lane of the highway and struck a Ford F-150 pickup driven by Denise Deshazer, 38, of West Tawakoni.

Montgomery, Deshazer, and a passenger in Deshazer’s vehicle, Mary Sue Shaddox, 51, of Terrell, were all killed. They were pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Hershey Barnett.

Montgomery’s vehicle also skidded into another tractor trailer and a second passenger car, but no one was injured in those collisions.

Troopers from the Greenville office of the Texas Department of Public Safety worked the accident.

Stephanie Reeves, who knew the Deshazer family through volunteer work and her children’s sports activities, said, “This is so sad. Our hearts are just broken.”

An account is set up for the Deshazer family, including their two children in kindergarten and second grade, at American National Bank. Donations can be made at any American National location, Reeves said.

“They were good people. It’s such a tragedy,” Reeves said. “I’m telling you, if there are two little kids that need their mother, it’s them.

“He’s a good man and she was a good woman. They were good standing citizens in this community,” Reeves said.

Derek Price contributed to this report.

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