LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Emergency personnel expect to be cleaning up a wreck all Thursday morning after two 18-wheelers collided on Ellen Trout Drive near the George H. Henderson Exposition Center.
Officer Randy Stallard said one westbound truck driver was making a turn where she should not have been and the tail of the truck was sticking out into the road when the other 18-wheeler came down the hill and could not avoid hitting it.
"One of the trucks was fully loaded with TVs, and it will have to be completely off-loaded onto another truck before the scene can be cleared," Lufkin Police Officer Toby Stanaland said in a press release. "We expect it to take until the afternoon."
The first truck was driven by Tammy Patterson, 39, of Lyndhart, Virginia. She was carrying 40-inch flat-screen TVs. The second truck was driven by John Morgan, 34, of Coushatta, Louisiana. He was carrying lumber. Morgan suffered minor injuries and was taken to a Lufkin hospital.
According to a press release, Patterson told LPD officers that she did not see Morgan, who was traveling in the inside lane.
After the impact, both Morgan's engine and load came into the cab of his truck. The crash knocked Patterson's 18-wheeler onto its side.
Employees with the Texas Department of Transportation are on the scene helping with traffic control. The inside lanes on both the south- and north-bound sides of the loop are closed.