POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 21-year-old Woodlands woman died in a wreck involving an 18-wheeler and a car in Polk County Tuesday morning.
Trooper David Hendry, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Justice of the Peace Sarah Arnett pronounced Marley Chapla dead at the scene of the wreck.According to Chapla's Facebook page, Chapla has attended at Stephen F. Austin State University.
According to a press release, the wreck occurred at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. The preliminary crash investigation report shows that a 2000 International truck tractor pulling a trailer was entering onto State Loop 116 from the northbound side of Highway 59 when the 2011 Kia driven by Chapla struck the rear tires of the trailer before it cleared Highway 59, causing Chapla's death.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was identified as Curtis Adair, 31, of Point Blank. He was not injured in the crash, according to the press release.
Earlier Tuesday, TxDOT reported a wreck on US 59 in the southbound lanes between Lufkin and Nacogdoches near the Antique Mall. However, TxDOT spokeswoman Rhonda Oaks said that was inaccurately reported.