Man killed after car hits tree in East Texas

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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. 

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