2 people injured when pickup slams into back of 18-wheeler in Polk County wreck

One person airlifted to Conroe hospital

2 people injured when pickup slams into back of 18-wheeler in Polk County wreck

POLK COUNTY TX (KTRE) - Two people were injured when a pickup slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler on U.S. Highway 59 in Polk County Monday afternoon and then went off the road.

One person injured in the wreck was airlifted to a Conroe hospital.

According to a press release, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to and investigated the wreck, which occurred about two miles south of FM 62 at about 3:30 p.m.

The preliminary crash report shows that Edward Johnson, 56, of Nacogdoches, was driving a 2008 Dodge pickup north on Highway 59 in the outside lane.

“For unknown reasons the driver of the Dodge failed to control speed and struck a 2008 Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer from behind,” the press release stated. “After the initial crash the Dodge drove off the roadway to the right and struck several trees.”

The two passengers in the pickup with Johnson, who was not injured in the wreck, were identified as Hope Williams, 54, and Etta Skinner, 48, both of Nacogdoches. A medical helicopter airlifted Williams to the Conroe Regional Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The press released did not indicate that Skinner was injured in the wreck.

The driver of the Kenworth, Uriel Gonzalez, 30, of Chicago, Illinois, was taken to CHI Health St. Luke’s Hospital in Livingston for treatment of possible injuries. A passenger in the Kenworth was not injured in the crash.

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