Six vehicles involved in Christmas Eve crash

Six vehicles involved in Christmas Eve crash

At approximately 1:25 p.m., Thursday, December 24, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a two vehicle crash on US-69 at Hooks Cemetery Loop Road in Hardin County. 

According to trooper Stephanie Davis, the crash involved six vehicles, including a truck tractor semi-trailer. Due to the amount of crash debris, all north and southbound lanes of US-69 were closed for more than three hours.

A 2007 Nissan passenger vehicle was stopped in the northbound traffic lane while waiting to make a left turn onto Colonial Drive. A 2010 Ford SUV was traveling northbound on US-69 and rear-ended the stopped Nissan passenger vehicle. The impact of the collision caused the Ford SUV to spin into the southbound traffic lane. As the Ford spun into the southbound lane of US-69, it was struck by a 2016 Volvo truck tractor semi-trailer. After striking the Ford, the momentum of the collision sent the 18-wheeler into the northbound lane of US-69. At that point, the 18-wheeler turned over and skid into the ditch on the northbound side of US-69. The trailer on the 18-wheeler spilled its entire load of pellets across both lanes of US-69. Three additional vehicles ran over the crash debris and received only minor damage.

The driver of the 2007 Nissan, 37-year-old Dominic Dugas of Kountze, and his seven-year-old daughter, were transported to St. Elizabeth hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the 18-wheeler, 42-year-old Kathy Odoms of Jasper, was also transported to St. Elizabeth hospital. Her injuries do not appear to be life threatening. The driver of the 2010 Ford SUV, 62-year-old Jackie Nowling of Houston, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital with unknown injuries.

All occupants were wearing seat belts and the minor child was properly secured in a child passenger safety seat system.

This crash is still under investigation. There are no further details to be released.