LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An accident report from the Lufkin Police Department revealed that a temporary stop sign was down at the intersection where an 18-year-old Austin woman on her way to freshman orientation at Stephen F. Austin State University was killed in a horrific two-vehicle accident Wednesday night.
According to the Lufkin police report, Rainey Blaylock, 18, died on the scene.The report states Blaylock was driving a 2010 Kia Soul southeast on Davisville Road at 11:15 p.m. and did not yield at the intersection of North Medford Drive (Loop 287). Warren Jones, 39, of Belzoni, Miss., was traveling northwest on North Medford Drive in a 2011 Mack truck and hit the car.
The report stated that the construction company working on that section of the loop installed a flashing red light along with a temporary stop sign. However, the temporary stop sign was down at the time of the accident.
The report stated that Jones told police Blaylock's Kia never stopped before it pulled out in front of her. Skid marks indicated that Jones tried to stop, but it was too late. His Mack truck struck the driver's side of Blaylock's Kia and pushed the SUV to the left and off the side of the road.
Despite the fact that Blaylock was wearing her seatbelt, the force of the impact ejected her from her vehicle, the report stated.
Shirley Luna, a spokesperson for SFA, confirmed that Blaylock was enrolled in the SFA freshman orientation that was held Thursday.
Blaylock's crash marked the fourth wreck at the intersection of Davisville Road and the loop in the past few months, and it was the first fatal accident there.
Kathi White, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation, said staying alert is the most important thing for drivers traveling through the construction zone at the intersection of U.S. 59 and the Lufkin loop. She said there is "quite a bit" of signage in and around the construction project.
"Slow down, follow the speed limits, and pay attention most of all," White said.