Mineola man dies in Gregg County crash


A Mineola man has died in a traffic crash in Gregg County.

According to the Dept. of Public Safety, at 4:14 Saturday morning, troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on US 259, six miles north of Longview. 

The investigator’s preliminary report indicates that the driver of a 2000 Chevrolet 1500, Lesley Paul Clanton, 48, of Mineola was traveling northbound on US 259 in the inside lane and became disabled in the left lane after striking a guardrail on the west side of the roadway.

Clanton got out of the vehicle which was then struck by a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Bertha Idalia Venzor, 53, of Ore City who was also traveling north on US 259. Clanton was struck by the vehicles and was pronounced at the scene by Judge Robbie Cox and taken to Radar Funeral Home in Longview.

Venzor was not reported to be injured.