Longview man dies in 2-vehicle wreck involving 18-wheeler on SH 49 in Marion County

Source: Gray News Media
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Published: Jan. 2, 2022 at 12:22 PM CST
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Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Phillip Couch was not wearing a seatbelt.

MARION COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A Longview man died in a two-vehicle wreck involving an 18-wheeler that occurred on State Highway 49 in Marion County early Saturday morning.

According to a press release, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper investigated the crash. The crash happened on SH 49 about 10 miles northwest of Jefferson at about 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

The preliminary crash report shows that Phillip Couch, 51, of Cayesville, Georgia, was driving a 2022 Freightliner truck tractor with a trailer west on SH 49. At the same time, Dustin Coston, 30, was driving a 2006 Ford Ranger east on the same road.

For an unknown reason, Coston drove on the wrong side of the road and collided with the tractor-trailer rig, the press release stated. Coston was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.

A justice of the peace pronounced Coston dead at the scene of the crash.

Couch, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured. His passenger, Ann Rahe, 37, of Cayesville, Georgia, suffered incapacitating injuries and was taken to an area hospital, the press release stated. Rahe was not secured with a seat belt.

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