LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two women are dead after a horrific wreck involving an 18-wheeler and car Tuesday morning on U.S. 59 South in the northbound lanes near Angelina College.
It appears that an 18-wheeler was stopped in line at a red light near the intersection of U.S. 59 and College Drive when a silver Volvo slammed into the back of it.
The car was pinned more than halfway under the trailer. The Volvo was filled with luggage and books, and a map was open on the front passenger seat.
Sarah and Randy Miller, of Pennsylvania, were driving into town to visit family when they saw the horrifying accident.
"It was the scariest thing I've ever seen in my life," Sarah said.
"When we were driving up, we were father behind the car and the first thing you saw was the brake lights, but they weren't stopping," said Sarah. "The lights and the pop hit right as they hit underneath the diesel."
Randy said, "We were one- or two-tenths of a mile back and didn't hear any screeching and saw the traffic backed up, and the next thing I know, I saw the gray car go into the back of the truck."
Lufkin Police Sgt. Mike Shurley confirmed the two women in the Volvo died instantly at the scene. He said they are from out of state.
"We stopped and got out and noticed that there's no way that they could have made it," Sarah said.
"I immediately pulled off to the side," Randy said. "I had a good feeling there wasn't any chance of survival, but I wanted to make sure and make sure the drive knew that he was hit; he told me that he saw someone racing up behind him, and he knew he was hit."
Both northbound lanes of traffic were blocked for several hours while first responders worked to clear the scene.
Lufkin Police has not released the names of the victims.