Texoma DPS Corporal Killed In Traffic Collision

Right now in Montague County, an investigation is underway into the death of DPS Trooper. 56-year-old Corporal David Slaton was killed while driving on Hwy. 81.

The accident happened just around 10:40 last night, two miles south of Ringgold.

Cpl. Slaton, who was stationed in Bowie, was driving his patrol car northbound on US 81. Brett Douglas Noga, 37, from Morrison, Oklahoma, 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.

Troopers closed part of the highway down between Ringgold and Bowie overnight and on into the morning. Troopers reopened the highway just after 12 p.m.