2 people killed in log truck-pickup wreck on U.S. 59 in Rusk Cou - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

2 people killed in log truck-pickup wreck on U.S. 59 in Rusk County

The pickup driven by Ozine Roberts, 82, of Garrison was making a right hand turn when it was rear ended by a log truck. Both drivers were killed. (Source: KTRE Staff) The pickup driven by Ozine Roberts, 82, of Garrison was making a right hand turn when it was rear ended by a log truck. Both drivers were killed. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
A DPS trooper said the log truck driver never touched his brakes and was obviously not paying attention. It took hours to remove the body from the burned out cab. (Source: KTRE Staff) A DPS trooper said the log truck driver never touched his brakes and was obviously not paying attention. It took hours to remove the body from the burned out cab. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Emergency workers from numerous fire departments were on the scene. Traffic was redirected around the wreckage into the afternoon. (Source: KTRE Staff) Emergency workers from numerous fire departments were on the scene. Traffic was redirected around the wreckage into the afternoon. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Anthony Roberts arrives at the scene of the accident where his father was killed. The former log truck driver pleaded to drivers to use all their senses when driving.  (KTRE Staff) Anthony Roberts arrives at the scene of the accident where his father was killed. The former log truck driver pleaded to drivers to use all their senses when driving. (KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

A tragic rear end collision involving a log truck and a pickup killed both drivers Friday morning.

The accident happened around 9 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 59 at Rusk County Road 3286, just north of Garrison.

Family members of one of the deceased gathered at the site of the wreck. The crash scene was a horrible sight for the family of 82-year-old Ozine Roberts. A remarkably composed son volunteered his words.

"I knew I was going to lose my father, but I never thought it would be like this,” said Anthony Roberts.

The elderly gentleman was turning onto Rusk County Road 3286. Ozine Roberts never made it home to his wife where they lived just a mile down the road.  
"My father was southbound and a truck hit him from behind,” Roberts said. “Then the truck ran off the road, and I think the guy is deceased too. It burned the truck up."

DPS Trooper Jake Leblanc said the log truck driver never hit his brakes and was obviously not paying attention. Another trooper described it as a “crime scene.” Measurements were taken as evidence.

Captain Justin Shull with the Garrison Fire Department was the first responder. He canceled the need for a helicopter ambulance.   

"With it being off in the woods and trying to get to it and get the fire put out so that we could get down to the truck, you know, those logs,” Shull said. “They were all sitting on top the cab, so we had to go in there and cut all the logs off the cab."

Emergency workers from Timpson, Central Heights, Nacogdoches, and Garrison responded to help redirect traffic around the wreckage. The southbound lanes remained blocked into the afternoon.

Tonight the Roberts family is grieving and a son, once a log truck driver himself, makes this plea.

<Roberts-"You know, when you're in that truck, you got to have your eyes and ears and everything got to be working. All senses got to be working,” Roberts said. “It's tragic what happened today. I'm going to miss my father."

The identity of the log truck driver was not readily available.

Investigators say the vehicle was from Louisiana.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation all lanes of that section of U.S. 59 were open as of 5:13 p.m.

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