Rainy Conditions Increase Risk of Traffic Incidents; DPS Responds to Drivers in Need

January 11, 2018 - Rainy weather conditions are proving to be a hazard for Shelby County drivers as traffic incidents are keeping DPS Troopers busy responding to such situations.

Some have been more minor incidents of a driver losing control on a roadway and merely coming to rest on the shoulder, while others have come into contact with objects on the side of the road causing crashes.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Dustin Ramos, at 5:10pm Thursday, January 11, 2018, DPS Troopers were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 96 South at the intersection of County Roads 1015 and 1021.

Upon arrival, it was determined a white 2007 Lexus owned and driven by Carlos Johnson, Jr., 18, of San Augustine was northbound on U.S. Highway 96 at an unsafe speed for wet roadway conditions and traveled off the roadway to the right. As the Lexus continued traveling it struck multiple bushes and tree branches, causing damage to the front and coming to rest off the roadway with damage.

Johnson was transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of minor injuries. 

Johnson was issued a citation for unsafe speed.

Immediately following the crash scene being cleared at around 6pm, DPS Troopers were dispatched to another crash incident on U.S. 96 North at Flat Fork Creek. 

Upon arrival, the troopers discovered a silver Kia which had traveled off the roadway to the left and through a fence before coming to rest in a boggy area. Injuries were not apparent as the drive of the vehicle was not transported from the scene by ambulance and instead was interviewed by DPS Troopers before being released.

Drivers traveling during the wet weather are urged to use extra caution to help decrease the occurrence of incidents.