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The Lufkin News

U.S. 59 north of Lufkin back open after fiery 18-wheeler wreck

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  • Highway rest stop

    Lufkin firefighters take a break after battling a fire in two 18-wheelers that collided shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 59 north of Lufkin.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 4:27 pm

U.S. Highway 59 was shut for more than two hours after two 18-wheelers collided and then caught on fire Wednesday afternoon. The highway is back open as of 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to public safety officials.

Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Clint Henderson said a log truck that was heading northbound on U.S. 59 turned into the path of an ABF cargo truck that was headed southbound on the highway. The ABF truck hit the axle of the log truck just behind the truck’s cabin, according to Henderson.

Neither Patrick Moore, the driver of the log truck, nor Stanley Carpenter of Hot Springs, Ark., the driver of the ABF truck, suffered life-threatening injuries, Henderson said.

The wreck occurred near the entrance of Winston Land and Cattle, and the Hammer Equipment business next door.

Moore was given a citation for making an unsafe turn, according to Henderson.

Several fire departments were at the crash site, including the Lufkin Fire Department, Central Fire and Rescue, the Moffett Volunteer Fire Department, the Fuller Springs Volunteer Fire Department and the Rivercrest/Redland fire department.

Kelsey Samuels’ email address is

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