A tragic collision occurred earlier today at the intersection of state Highway 103 and state Highway 147, resulting in the death of a Shelby County Deputy. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are currently conducting an investigation into the incident.
Preliminary findings indicate that around 7:30 a.m., a 2014 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling west on S.H. 103. The deputy, who was operating a marked patrol unit, was heading north on S.H. 147 and allegedly failed to yield to the truck tractor. As a result, the patrol unit collided with the trailer portion of the semi-trailer.
The driver of the truck tractor, identified as 54-year-old William Lyons from San Augustine, escaped the collision unharmed.
Tragically, the deputy sustained fatal injuries in the crash.
"It is with a heavy heart that Sheriff Kevin W. Windham announces the passing of our deputy, Matthew Pierson, in the fatal accident that occurred this morning. A memorial has been set up at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office for the public to leave condolences. Please remember the family of our deputy and our agency in your prayers at this time.", posted the Shelby County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) on their facebook page.