NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The semi-truck drivers involved in a Wednesday wreck have been identified by police.
Sgt. Brett Ayres with Nacogdoches Police Department says that the driver of the white 18-wheeler which was traveling northbound and is believed to have lost control is identified as 29 year-old Terry McCauley of Bivins, Texas. Preliminary reports indicate he crossed over the unprotected median and hit an 18-wheeler driven by 24-year-old Robert Beachman of Mississippi.
Both drivers are still in the hospital, but they are listed as stable.
An accident investigation is underway and, because they are doing a reconstruction of the crash, Ayres says it could take more than a month before those findings are released.
As of 6 p.m. all lanes of SL 224 West at FM 225 in Nacogdoches are open for travel after an earlier crash involving two 18-wheelers. Drive safely.
They ask that you reduce speed and stay alert in the area. Estimated time of reopening all lanes has now been estimated to be about 8 pm.
PREVIOUS STORY: A major wreck involving two 18-wheelers that occurred Wednesday morning near the intersection of Southwest Stallings Drive and Durst Street has resulted in the loop being shut down.
Sgt. Brett Ayres, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, said it appears as though an empty log truck was driving northbound on the loop when it hydroplaned and crossed into the southbound lane, hitting the other commercial hauler.
Ayres said that traffic is getting pretty backed up as a result of the wreck. He said the southbound lanes of traffic on Southwest Stallings Drive will be re-routed until further notice.
No one was seriously hurt. Motorists are urged to avoid the west loop in Nacogdoches if at all possible and to drive with caution in that area.
Rhonda Oaks, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation, said that all lanes of South Loop 224 (Southwest Stallings Drive) are currently blocked. Traffic is being detoured through exit/entry ramps around the crash.
Oaks said they expect the scene to be cleared by about 6 p.m. today.