UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
A DPS Highway Patrol corporal was killed in an on-duty traffic crash Monday night in Montague County.
Corporal David Ralph Slaton, 56, was killed in a two-vehicle wreck two miles south of Ringgold. The Montague County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting the crash at 10:42 pm.
Cpl. Slaton, who was stationed in Bowie, was driving his patrol car northbound on US 81. Brett Douglas Noga, 37, from Morrison, Okla., was driving a 2007 Peterbuilt truck-tractor-semitrailer southbound on 81. Investigators believe that Cpl. Slaton struck a cow in his lane, and the impact of the collision caused his vehicle to go into the southbound lane. The two vehicles struck head-on in the southbound lane.
Brett Douglas Noga, the driver of the truck-tractor-semitrailer, was not injured and was not transported to a medical facility. Cpl. Slaton’s body was taken to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
The Texas Highway Patrol Crash Investigation Team will conduct an investigation of the wreck.
Cpl. Slaton joined DPS in 1974 and had been stationed in Bowie for his entire career. Funeral arrangements are pending. Cpl. Slaton is survived by his wife and a son.