Released by DPS
On 9/20/13 at approximately 6:22 pm, DPS Troopers were notified of a multiple vehicle crash on IH-20 in Smith County, West of US 271. A 2008 Ford Expedition, driven by Jennifer Nelson of Longview, was WB on IH-20. Traffic was stopped due to a previously occurring crash. Nelson struck the back end of a 2008 Mercedes C30 driven by 39 year old Vincent Joseph Chao of Monroe, Louisiana who was taken to ETMC-Tyler for non-incapacitating injuries. Chaos passenger, 71 year old Yong S. Chao also of Monroe, was killed. Another passenger in the vehicle, 65 year old Shiu-Fang Chao was injured and was also transported to ETMC-Tyler. The Mercedes was then pushed into a 2006 Ford Expedition driven by William Sheldt Miles, Jr. of Bridgeport, Texas. Miles’ vehicle then struck a 2013 Dodge Avenger driven by Bryan Shelt Miles of Paradise, Texas. No other injuries were reported. Wet road conditions were a contributing factor in the crash.
The crash was investigated by Trooper Charles Loftin – DPS Tyler. He was assisted by Troopers Johnson, Thompson and Anthony all of DPS Tyler.