NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Multiple injuries have been reported in a wreck on State Highway 103 east of Lufkin that involved a loaded chicken truck and multiple other vehicles.
The State Highway is now clear and open to traffic after the morning crash.
Of the seven injured, six were taken to nearby hospitals and one was taken by helicopter to an unknown hospital.
Trooper John Williamson with the Texas Department of Public Safety said in addition to the chicken truck, seven other vehicles were involved in the wreck.
Belinda Rothfeld, a registered nurse, was driving a red Toyota that was involved in the wreck. She said she and the other vehicles were stopped in the work zone because traffic in that area was down to one lane when the chicken truck rear ended the last vehicle in line.
"When I was able to roll the window down and crawl to get out, I realized I was going to be OK. As long as I got out of the vehicle, I was OK, and I started to assist others that were involved in the wreck," Rothfeld said.
At 5 p.m., the Texas Department of Transportation announced they were about to open one lane of traffic. Workers are still present and continue to clear the scene.
The overturned 18-wheeler and the chickens still remain at the scene of the crash. The rest of the vehicles that were involved in the wreck have been removed, Rhonda Oaks said.
According to the DPS report, the chicken truck was going west on State Highway 103 at 11:35 a.m., and it was going too fast as it came to a construction zone. It struck four vehicles which were stopped for the construction work. The truck then overturned and struck a dump truck, which forced the dump truck into another vehicle.
Etoile Volunteer Firefighter Shaun Elliott was working on another project when he heard the crash. Elliott said wrecks such as this one involve multiple agencies, and offering help is crucial when there are so many injured.
"It's complicated because you got multiple people and all these vehicles. You have to give medical care to each one of them, and people are trapped in vehicles. You have to cut the doors off and get them out. It just take a lot of manpower to work a wreck this big," Elliott said.
After walking away unharmed, Rothfeld said she is feeling grateful.
"You don't know how many prayers I have said sitting here on this guardrail thanking God today that he helped me through this," Rothfeld said.