22-Year-Old Mary Merlino Killed In A Multi-Vehicle Accident In Anderson County (Anderson County, TX)


January 30, 2024 – Nationwide Report®

A tragic three-vehicle crash in Anderson County on Saturday resulted in one fatality and five injuries. The multi-vehicle accident occurred on U.S. Highway 287 near Elkhart around 6:18 p.m. 

According to the Texas DPS report, Brian Scruggs, 21, of Elkhart, was driving a Chevrolet Silverado south, trailing a Honda Accord driven by a Palestine woman. Scruggs struck the Accord from behind, causing it to enter oncoming traffic and collide head-on with a Ford Taurus.

The fatal crash claimed the life of Mary Merlino, 22, of Mineola, a passenger in the Accord.

The Taurus’s driver and passenger, along with the Accord’s occupants, were hospitalized for injuries. Scruggs, after overcorrecting, drove off the roadway into a tree and also received medical attention. 

Source: KLTV

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