By Julie Vaughan
Department of Public Safety officials speculate that fatigue may have been the factor that caused a San Antonio man to drive into oncoming traffic on State Highway 19 Monday which killed him upon impact.
William Ray Farmer, 65, San Antonio and his 67-year-old wife Yasuko were about six miles south of Canton on State Highway 19 traveling northbound in a red 2004 Toyota Corolla.
DPS Trooper Matt Cosper, who was one of several State Police on scene investigating the crash, said according to witness statements, Mr. Farmer drove over into the southbound lane and the driver of a 2005 Freightliner hauling a mobile home attempted to move over.
“He (Farmer) crossed the center median and collided into the mobile home trailer causing damage to the front left side of the trailer and undercarriage,” Cosper explained. “The front left driver side of the Toyota was damaged and the driver of the car was killed upon impact.”
Cosper added that “upon impact the front left of the car went under the undercarriage of the truck and it was turned counter clockwise facing south.”
Both Mr. Farmer and his wife were wearing seatbelts. His wife, Cosper said, was asleep at the time of the crash and only woke up to hear the crash.
Mrs. Farmer was transported by helicopter to a Tyler hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“They (the Farmer’s) were on their way to visit family in Winnsboro,” Cosper said. “We are still investigating the crash. We are not sure why he was on the wrong side of the road, but he may have gone to sleep.”
Cosper went on to say witness statements and “evidence points to Mr. Farmer being on the wrong side of the road. He started drifting over, according to witnesses and could have been going to sleep. The truck driver attempted to move over, but he was hauling an oversized load.”
The roadway was partially opened at 4 p.m. and completely opened up at 6 p.m.