18-wheeler hits bridge on U.S. 59 north

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Emergency officials worked frantically Monday afternoon to clear the scene of two wrecks on Highway 59 north.

According to DPS trooper Tamela Snider, an 18-wheeler driven by Charles Steven Robbins, of Paris, was carrying a load which hit a railroad bridge just north of the loop at about 1:45 p.m. The load slid off the trailer and a Toyota Highlander, driven by William Edward Graham, of Houston, hit the load and spun, blocking the second lane. That is when Benjamin Michael Honeywell, of Lufkin, driving a Chevy S-10, tried to avoid the Highlander and hit the guardrail before hitting the Highlander.

Graham suffered minor injuries but declined ambulatory care.

As of 3 p.m., traffic was being re-routed to FM 2021 while crews cleared the scene.

Robbins was cited for overheight, Snider said.

While officials worked the scene of the 18-wheeler wreck, two other vehicles wrecked in the southbound lane.

Snider said Penelope Ann Clapper, of Nacogdoches, was looking at the wreck in the other lane when she ran her Chevy Cobalt into the back of a truck.

The driver of the truck is not immediately available for comment. Clapper suffered minor injuries.

Clapper will be cited for failure to control speed, Snider said.

Monday evening both the northbound and southbound lanes of traffic were back open.

TxDOT crews investigating the roadway determined there was no damage to the road surface.

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