A New Boston man has died after he fell off the back of a trash truck that reversed and ran over him.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were called shortly after 9 a.m. Monday to Indianola Road in Henderson County about 5 miles southeast of Chandler, according to a news release from the department.

The DPS said a preliminary crash investigation showed William Cedric Veasey, 53, of Tyler, was driving south on Indianola Road in a 2004 Freightliner dump truck trash-service vehicle.

The passenger on the back of the truck lost his footing, and as the truck began to reverse it ran over Willie Carl Williams Jr., 62, according to the DPS.

The DPS said Williams was taken to UT Health–Tyler where he was pronounced dead.

The fatality remains under investigation.

Crime and Breaking News Reporter

I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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