Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant David Hendry says a fatal accident occurred in Trinity County as a state trooper was turning around on an alleged violator. It happened Wednesday evening on State Highway 94, about 6 miles west of Groveton.

According to Hendry, Trooper Brady Germeroth, 37, of Crockett, was in the process of turning around to stop an alleged traffic violator.

According to the report, the turn caused a three car accident involving a Mack 18 wheeler and a Jeep Wranger that resulted in the death of 53-year-old Melanie Painter, of Groveton, who died a short time later at Crockett Medical Center.

Hendry said the log truck driver, Chad Deford, 35, of Livingston, was not injured, nor was the trooper.

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