Livingston truck driver dies in rollover, causes wildfire in Trinity Co.

Photo courtesy of Constable Woody Wallace.
Photo courtesy of Constable Woody Wallace.
Photo courtesy of Constable Woody Wallace.
Photo courtesy of Constable Woody Wallace.

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An 18-wheeler rollover wreck in Trinity County has killed a person and started a wildfire in Trinity County.

Constable Woody Wallace said the drive of a log truck lost control in a sharp curve on FM 355, two miles east of Chita, and flipped the rig. The truck burst into flames and started a forest fire.

The Department of Public Safety identified the driver as Billy Elvie Hogg, 75, of Livingston. He was not wearing a seatbelt and troopers could not identify the vehicle he was driving, as it was unidentifiable in the fire. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 1:10 p.m.

TxDOT crews spent several hours spreading material on the road where the fire started, making it passable. Logs carried by the truck were piled on the side of FM 355.

The fire was contained at around 11 p.m.

Officials began evacuating homes in the area around 6:30 p.m. Wallace said they only had to evacuate about five houses.

Wallace estimated the fire has burned about 2,500 acres.

"The wind's died and it's pretty still now," Wallace said at 10 p.m.

Trinity County Police said the fire has been stopped at FM 355, Haynes Road, and the pipeline.

Authorities said some of the fire units that have been on the scene for most of the day are heading home. New crews are taking over watching for flare-ups overnight. Police said fire departments will re-group Wednesday morning to finish extinguishing the blaze.

Wallace confirms fire fighters and equipment from Trinity, Livingston, Groveton, Onaslaska, 356 VFD, and Pennington were among those on the scene.

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