An East Texas man is dead after his car left the road and slammed into a tree.
The crash happened shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday on FM-959 in Panola County.
Preliminary crash reports indicate that the driver of a 2004 Ford Taurus, 71-year-old Rodger Gale Cunningham, of Tatum, was traveling south on FM-959 entering a left hand curve at an unsafe speed.
The car went off the roadway, entered the west bar ditch and struck a tree.
Cunningham died at the scene.
DPS is investigating the crash.