Tractor in Wrong Lane Causes Crash


June 2, 2015 - A John Deere tractor in the wrong lane was the cause of a crash south of Tenaha on U.S. Highway 96 Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers, Tenaha City Marshal's and the Center Fire Department were all dispatched to the scene of a railroad crossing bridge just south of Flat Fork Creek near County Road 4360.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Dustin Ramos, at 3pm he was dispatched to the crash involving a green 2009 John Deere tractor driven by Randy Pugh, 55, of Tenaha. The tractor was southbound in the northbound shoulder approaching the bridge on the wrong side of the road.

A tan 2000 Buick driven by Desmond Steadman, 48, of Tenaha was traveling northbound in the outside lane approaching the bridge and at the last minute the tractor came into the roadway causing the Buick to strike the right rear tire of the tractor. The Buick spun across the southbound lanes and struck the guardrail with the rear of the vehicle where it came to rest.

Steadman was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of possible injuries. Pugh was issued citations for wrong side of road when not passing and warnings for no hazard warning.