18-Wheelers Collide on US 59 Blocking Roadway on Saturday

September 12, 2022 - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a commercial motor vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 59, approximately nine-tenths of a mile south of County Road 4260, that occurred Saturday, September 10, 2022.

The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 4:54 a.m., an unknown truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling south and reportedly failed to drive in a single lane. Following the unknown truck tractor semi-trailer was a 2020 Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer. It is reported that the driver of the Freightliner partially entered the northbound lane as he attempted to pass the truck tractor semi-trailer, at which point he struck a 2006 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer traveling north. The Freightliner traveled into the east ditch and came to rest upright. The Peterbilt traveled into the west ditch and caught fire. The semi-trailer belonging to the Peterbilt, which was hauling flammable liquids, did not catch fire.

The unknown truck tractor semi-trailer continued south and has not been located.

The driver of the Freightliner, identified as Diego Ontiveros, 29, of Matamoros, Mexico was not injured. Ontiveros was cited for traveling on the wrong side of the road in a no passing zone. His passenger Antonio Cedillo, 42, was not injured.

The driver of the Peterbilt, identified as Kevin Lee Jones, 40, of San Antonio, was transported to Nacogdoches Medical for treatment.

There is no additional information available at this time.

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