On 10/26/15 at approximately 8:25 AM, Nacogdoches County DPS troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on US 59 near the intersection of FM 2782, involving two commercial vehicles. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2007 Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling southbound on US 59 in the outside lane. A 2016 International truck tractor semi-trailer was also traveling southbound on US 59 in the inside lane. The driver of the 2007 Kenworth reportedly failed to drive in a single lane and struck the back axle of the 2016 International causing it to enter the center median where it overturned. The driver of the Kenworth was identified as Jeffrey Chapman (49), from Pattonville, TX. The driver of the International was identified as Ronald Lietch (64) from Northport Alabama. No injuries were reported as a result of this crash. TxDOT officials provided traffic control, while a hazmat crew responded to the scene to remove diesel that spilled from the International truck tractors fuel tank. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
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