POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Authorities have confirmed one person is dead after an accident involving an 18-wheeler and a small car near Corrigan.
DPS is investigating the accident, which happened around 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
An 18-wheeler left the northbound lanes of Highway 59 between Moscow and Corrigan, striking a tree several yards from the road. A white Toyota sedan was damaged extensively on its front end. The car remained in the grassy median until it was towed away on the back of a wrecker.
DPS confirmed one person died in the crash, but the name of the victim would not be released until family members were notified.
DPS spokesman David Hendry said more information about the drivers and any passengers would be released early Thursday morning.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department, and TXDoT all responded to the scene. Fire crews were seen spraying the road with hoses near the crash site.
Traffic had been backed up for miles in the northbound lanes, before some cars were allowed to pass. As of 9:30 p.m., Polk County Sheriff's Office dispatchers said the Highway 59 had reopened.