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BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS/Correspondent
A 47-year-old Gladewater man was killed in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 271 between Gilmer and Gladewater on Friday, said Upshur County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Wyone Manes.
Manes said she pronounced Jason L. Hall dead at the scene in the rural West Mountain community south of Gilmer after his pickup ran into a wooded area and struck a tree. The site is just north of the intersection with Camp Road.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said the accident is thought to have occurred at 7:40 a.m., but that it apparently went undiscovered for several hours. Investigating DPS Trooper Brandon Love arrived at the scene at 3:26 p.m., Manes said.
Hall, a night worker at Walmart in Gilmer, had gotten off work at 7:30 a.m. and “I guess he went to sleep on the way home,” Manes said. His southbound 2000 Ford F-150 pickup ran off the left side of the roadway before entering the woods, she said.
Hall, who was alone, was wearing a shoulder belt, the judge said. He had talked to his wife by phone just before getting off work, and his wife then went on to work, said Manes.
East Mountain, and possibly West Mountain, firefighters cut down several trees in order to remove the vehicle from the scene, Manes said.
The victim’s body was taken to Rader Funeral Home in Longview.
This was the second fatal traffic accident in Upshur County within a week. A 49-year-old Ore City woman was killed the prior Saturday when her sport utility vehicle struck a tree that had fallen across FM Road 1649 near that city.