Highway 96 near the San Augustine County line was briefly closed this morning while emergency crews worked two accidents. Dense fog and smoke from a controlled burn may have been a contributing factor in the cause of both wrecks.
The first wreck occured at 5:45 am and involved a 2013 GMC driven by Keneth Traver of Bronson, and a 1998 pickup driven by Jimmy Wimburly. According to Texas D.P.S. reports, both vehicles were north bound, when Traver slowed down and was rear ended by Wimburly. Traver was uninjured, Wimburly was transported to San Augustine Hospital by San Augustine EMS. He will be issued a ticket for fail to control speed.
The second accident occured when a San Augustine Fire Department vehicle was rear ended at the scene of the first accident. San Augustine Fireman Ernest Consford, driving a 1979 Ford fire truck with passanger Joseph Consford, was rear ended by an 18 wheeler, a 2016 frieght linner driven by Brian Butt of Woodville, TX. No one was injured, and Butt was issued a ticket for fail to control speed.