UPDATED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 8:05pm
ROBERTSON COUNTY, Texas (KWKT) — It's a scene far too familiar for veteran truck driver Glenn Burt, "I drive it daily and like I said, every time you drive this highway, you'll see something different, something new."
US 190/SH 6 is unavoidable for Burt even on days like today when a major fatality accident shut down both the lanes of traffic for several hours.
"What we know so far is we have a passenger vehicle traveling northbound on US 190/SH 6 and for some reason it entered into the path of a southbound truck tractor semi-trailer," said DPS Trooper Jimmy Morgan.
Trooper Morgan says the accident was a near head-on collision and the driver of the passenger vehicle was killed on impact.
A tragedy Burt says happens way too often.
"Even back when it was two lanes it was notorious, but TxDOT did their best, they made it four lanes and it's still just a bad, notorious highway from here to Hempstead," said Burt.
Trooper Morgan says that could be because the highway isn't divided.
"There's very little time to react if somebody comes over [the center line] and this is what could happen if you're not paying attention."
We're told the driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
DPS says the deceased has been identified as 39-year-old Charles Wheatfall of Navasota.