A Kilgore man died Saturday when a car hit a tree on FM 2276 east of Kilgore, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Richard Dale Thomas, 47, of Kilgore died at the scene.

Troopers responded around 12:30 a.m. Saturday about two miles east of Kilgore on FM 2276 in Rusk County. A preliminary report shows the driver of a pick-up truck was traveling south on FM 2276 when, for an unknown reason, the truck drifted off the right edge of the roadway.

DPS said the driver over-corrected back to the left, traveled across the roadway and into the east ditch, where the truck struck a tree.

Judge Pat McCrory pronounced the death. Thomas’s body was taken to Cunningham Funeral Home in Kilgore.

The crash remains under investigation, DPS said.

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