Lufkin DPS shuts down Highway 59 due to overturned vehicle

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Authorities are shutting down Highway 59 to control a fire that ignited from an overturned vehicle.

According to DPS, a call came in at 7:03 p.m. this evening about a vehicle on fire on Highway 59, northbound, near County Road 107. Lufkin Police Department was also notified, and they dispatched the fire department.

DPS reports an the driver of a tractor truck semi- trailer, Robert Gamache, 71, of Brownsville, Tennessee, got sick at the wheel as he was traveling to Brownsville, Texas. He then overturned, and struck tractors and miscellaneous farm equipment on the Hammer Equipment parking lot. The tractor truck also hit a Center Point Energy gas line, which officials had to wait for the company to arrive to turn off the flow of gas. Gamache's truck caught fire from the fuel in his fuel tanks. The load the tanker was carrying was not flammable.

TxDot officials were also on the scene, helping to control traffic flow on Highway 59. The highway was re-opened shortly before 9 p.m. last night.

Officials stayed on scene until the tanker's load of plasticizer was transferred into another carrier. Authorities cleared the scene at 12:32 a.m. Sunday morning.

The driver of the tanker was taken to Woodland Heights for minor injuries. He's listed in good condition.

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