Two Waskom women died Friday afternoon when the car they were in was hit as it was pulling onto U.S. 79, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Jennifer Kay Erwin, 45, and Sherry Lynn Hall, 61, both died at the scene, DPS said.

DPS said the women’s car was making a left turn onto 79 from a private drive when it failed to yield to two cars in the eastbound lane. A truck in the outside lane then struck the car.

The driver of the truck, identified as William Tyler Spears, 27, of Carthage was taken to LSU Health in Shreveport in stable condition.

Panola County JP Toni Hughes pronounced both women dead. Erwin’s body was taken to Meadowbrook Funeral Home in Marshall. Hall’s body was taken to Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home in Carthage.


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.