TxDOT: All lanes of US 259 now open after wreck involving 18-wheelers

WebExtra: Freightliner caught on fire during two-vehicle wreck in Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Both directions of travel on U.S. Highway 259 North are now open after a wreck involving two 18-wheelers occurred Friday morning.

Earlier Friday, the two-vehicle wreck closed down the northbound traffic on US 259, just north of Nacogdoches.

Rhonda Oaks, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation stated in a tweet that the wreck happened about 10 miles north of Nacogdoches, at the intersection of US 259 and County Road 140. The crash occurred at about 7:45 a.m. Friday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to the preliminary crash investigation by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, a Mack truck tractor semi-trailer driven by Harvey Gill, 56, of Nacogdoches, reportedly exited a private driveway and was traveling north when a 2006 Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer driven by Carlton Blueitt, 43, of Houston, which was also traveling north, failed to control their speed and struck the trailer being towed by the Mack truck tractor.

The left fuel tank of the Freightliner was ruptured, according to the preliminary crash investigation, and the leak caused the Freightliner to catch on fire.

According to a DPS press release, Blueitt failed to control his speed and struck the trailer being towed by the other truck.

Officials at the scene said there were no injuries reported and both the drivers involved walked away from the wreck.

The wrecked 18-wheelers have been cleared from the scene.

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