Accident Involving Two 18-Wheelers Slows Traffic on Lufkin’s North Loop
According to a release from the Lufkin Police Department, officers are currently working an accident on Loop 287 near the George H. Henderson Exposition Center that will likely slow traffic into the afternoon.
The inside northbound and inside southbound lanes will be closed to allow the accident to be cleared, according to Officer Toby Stanaland.
“One of the trucks was fully loaded with TVs and it will have to be completely off-loaded onto another truck before the scene can be cleared,” Stanaland said. “We expect it take until the afternoon.”
Tammy Patterson, 39, of Lyndhart, Virginia, was westbound on Loop 287 in the outside lane when she made an improper left turn to access a crossover into the path of another westbound 18-wheeler driven by John Morgan, 34, of Coushatta, Louisiana. Patterson said she did not see Morgan, who was traveling in the inside lane. On impact both Morgan’s load and motor came into his cab, according to reports from the scene. He escaped with minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for cuts to his arms.
Patterson’s 18-wheeler turned on its side on impact. Atkinson Towing & Recovery Service was working to upright it.
Workers with Due’s Wrecker Service helped to off-load the assortment of TVs Patterson was hauling to a Kansas-area Walmart for Black Friday sales.
The Texas Department of Transportation is on the scene helping with traffic control.
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