SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Two men, one from Center, the other from Shelbyville, died in a two-vehicle wreck just east of Martinsville Thursday afternoon.
Carlton Patton, 57, of Shelbyville, and Darrell Williams, 58, of Center, were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a DPS trooper, a driver of a Chevy Cavalier was driving eastbound on the highway when he may have hydroplaned and hit a westbound pickup.
The two passengers in the Chevy were pronounced dead on the scene and the driver was sent to the hospital for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the pickup, Kendrick Rollard, 17, was not injured.
Emergency personnel are staying busy Thursday working on several wrecks which are contributed to the heavy rainfall.
Workers with the Appleby Fire Department and Nacogdoches Fire Department have been working for more than an hour on getting a truck driver out of the cab of his 18-wheeler, which slid off the road on U.S. Highway 59, just before the U.S. Highway 259 intersection.
The rig rolled over after sliding off the road. The name of the driver is not known, but the 18-wheeler is owned by Raven Transportation in Jacksonville, Fla.
Coincidentally, TxDOT announced Wednesday a resurfacing project on that highway to provide a high-friction surface to fill the ruts of the four major lanes. The project will be completed from the Hwy. 259-Nacogdoches loop to Garrison.
A Wells woman is being treated for minor injuries after her white Dodge pickup hydroplaned on U.S. Highway 69 North, just north of Pollok.
According to a DPS trooper, Janna McMillon was travelling northbound when she hydroplaned around 10:30 a.m., crossing into the southbound lane and striking an 18-wheeler.
The driver of that 18-wheeler, Franklin Jackson, 24, of Florida, was not injured.