UPDATE: 4-vehicle crash claims life of Nacogdoches woman

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The Nacogdoches Police Department is investigating a four vehicle crash that has resulted in the death of a Nacogdoches County resident.

The crash occurred at 5:48 PM in the 1800 block of Southwest Stallings Drive, south of the Durst Street (FM 225) crossing.  According to the investigation, a 2003 Dodge pickup, driven by Jimmy Dean Lee, age 41 of Pollock, was southbound on Loop 224. For undetermined reasons, this vehicle crossed the center median of the loop and struck a northbound 1997 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Cherylee Silva, 61 of Nacogdoches. This collision caused the Chevrolet Lumina to be struck by a White Freightliner loaded with logs driven by Quincy Lampkin, 34 of Nacogdoches. The 2003 Dodge pickup then collided in the northbound lanes with a 2009 Peterbilt  semi truck driven by Jeffrey Spangler, 50, of Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

Ms. Silva was transported to a local hospital where she died shortly after arrival. Mr. Lee was transported to a Nacogdoches hospital where he was admitted with incapacitating injuries. Neither of the drivers of the semi trucks reported injuries.

The Nacogdoches Fire Department and Nacogdoches County EMS responded to the scene, along with officials from the Texas Department of Transportation.

NPD Officers were on the scene until shortly before midnight investigating the accident. Both north and southbound lanes of Loop 224 in the area of the accident were restricted to one lane on each side for almost six hours.  Investigators were back on the scene Wednesday morning collecting evidence.

Tuesday night's report:

A Nacogdoches woman died Tuesday evening following a four-vehicle wreck on Southwest Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches.

According to the Nacogdoches Police report, a pickup truck was southbound at 5:48 p.m. on the 1800 block of Southwest Stallings Drive and crossed into the northbound lanes, striking a Chevrolet Lumina, driven by Cherylee Anne Silva, 61. A semi-truck then struck the Lumina and the pickup hit another semi-truck in the northbound lanes.

Silva was pronounced dead at a Nacogdoches hospital.

Nacogdoches Police are on the scene investigating the wreck and will be there for several hours, meaning inside lanes on both sides are closed. Police are asking motorists to avoid the area for the next several hours to relieve congestion.

Police will release names and conditions of the other people involved in the wreck on Wednesday morning.

Ms. Silva was pronounced dead at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

The Nacogdoches Police Department Traffic Division is currently performing a reconstruction of the accident scene and will be on the scene for the next several hours. The inside lanes of both northbound and southbound traffic in this area are closed at this time. Motorists are asked to avoid this area for the next several hours, as traffic is extremely congested in this area. If travel in this area is absolutely necessary, utilize extreme caution.

The names of other drivers, injured persons and information on the accident will not be available until in the morning, when another media advisory will be issued.