Orange County crash results in serious injury, road closure

Orange County crash results in serious injury, road closure

DPS is investigating a crash involving a truck tractor hauling timber and a passenger car that resulted in serious injuries to one person and shut down Highway 87 in Orange County for nearly an hour, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Stephanie Davis reported Saturday.

According to Davis, DPS received a report of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 87 near Canal Street in Orange County at approximately 12:30 p.m. on June 25. Troopers learned on arrival that a truck tractor loaded with timber was traveling southbound on Highway 87. A 2012 Toyota Camry was also traveling southbound on Highway 87 behind the log truck. The driver of the log truck, identified by DPS as 59-year-old Douglas Dyck of DeRidder, Louisiana, turned on his left turn signal and slowed down to turn into the mill. The driver of the Toyota, identified as 63-year-old Joe McKinley of Orange, failed to control his speed and slammed into the back of the log truck.

McKinley was transported by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital with serious head trauma. Dyck, the truck tractor driver, was not injured.

Due to the crash, Highway 87 closed for about 45 minutes on Saturday.

DPS is still investigating the wreck.