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Log truck driver suffers stroke on road, flips into ditch


A log truck traveling west on Highway 103, east of Kennard, overturned and flipped into a ditch.

According to DPS officials, around 5 p.m. Wednesday, a truck driver suffered from a stroke while on the road.

According to Houston County DPS trooper, Bryan Becton, there were several reports of the truck driver driving erratic on the highway.

The driver of the log truck has been identified as James Edward Robertson, 53. 

While swerving in and out of his lane, Robertson side swiped a 2005 Chevy pick up truck driven by Robert Charles Morgan, 75.

Becton stated Robertson's grandson was riding in the passenger seat with him when he noticed he began acting out of character.  Becton said, "The grandson said his grandfather all of a sudden started talking crazy."

Moments before the crash, the grandson jumped out of the moving log truck.

Becton said Robertson drove about a mile before he left the road and flipped in the ditch.

The driver was initially taken to Memorial Hospital in Lufkin, but was later taken to Memorial Hermann in Houston. The grandson was taken to Methodist Hospital in Houston. 

Their condition is unknown.  No other injuries were reported.

Traffic on Highway 103 is back open.

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