Traffic was stopped in both directions on Highway 79 toward Shreveport after a wreck Thursday afternoon.

A Henderson man died Thursday when his truck hit a truck-trailer on U.S. 79 North in Panola County, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Brandon Cole Fountain, 21, died at the scene.

DPS Sgt. Jean Dark said Thursday around 1:15 p.m., troopers were called to a fatal crash on U.S. 79 North about three miles east of Carthage.

A preliminary report shows that a truck-trailer was driving north on the road when, for an unknown reason, a truck traveling south on U.S. 79 drifted into the northbound lanes and struck the truck-tractor head on, Dark said.

Another truck-trailer traveling north was able to avoid the crash, but rolled after swerving away from it.

Fountain was pronounced dead at the scene by JP Larry Fields. His body was taken to Hawthorn Funeral Home in Carthage.

The other drivers of the truck-trailers were identified as Kenneth Johnson, 65, of Missouri City and Gregory Miller, 51, of Houston. They were not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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