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Kirbyville man killed, another seriously injured in Newton County crash

DPS was called to the Hwy. 87 collision on Tuesday around 6:15 p.m.

NEWTON COUNTY, Texas — A Tuesday night crash in Newton County left one man dead and another injured according to a DPS news release. 

Troopers say 25-year-old Austin Lewis of Kirbyville was driving a 2011 Nissan pickup when the truck crossed the center dividing line and collided with another vehicle. 

Kevin Dravenstott, 37, of Kirbyville was driving the Nissan passenger vehicle. Dravenstott was killed in the crash. 

Lewis was taken to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries. 

The collision happened on Hwy. 87  three miles north of Trout Creek according to DPS. 

Investigators are working to learn what led up to the crash. 

From a DPS news release: 

On February 25, 2020, at approximately 6:15p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to a multiple vehicle crash on SH 87 in Newton County.  The crash occurred approximately three (3) miles North of Trout Creek.

The preliminary DPS crash investigation indicates that a 2011 Nissan pickup truck was traveling northbound on SH 87.  A 2008 Nissan passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on SH 87.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the pickup truck crossed the center dividing line and collided with the Nissan passenger vehicle.

The driver of the pickup truck, 25-year-old Austin Lewis of Kirbyville, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Nissan passenger vehicle, Kevin Dravenstott, 37, of Kirbyville, was pronounced deceased Justice of the Peace Brenda Smith at the scene.

This is an ongoing crash investigation as Troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to this fatal crash.

There are no additional details available at this time.

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