Another highway fatality has marred a seemingly peaceful start to the New Year Thursday, January 5, 2018 in Limestone County.

According to the preliminary report from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Helen Oakes, 85, was travelling west on Highway 164 when her 2015 Chevrolet Suburban sustained a rear tire blowout, causing Oakes to veer in to oncoming traffic.

James Baldwin, 47, who was travelling eastbound in a 2014 Ford F-250, tried to evade Oakes by steering to the right but was struck head on.

Baldwin was airlifted from the scene to Baylor Scott & White in Dallas where he subsequently died from his injuries.

Oakes was transported to Limestone Medical Center with minor injuries.

DPS Trooper Dallon McKay conducted the accident investigation.