Two dead in multiple-vehicle crash

Two dead in multiple-vehicle crash

A multiple-vehicle accident in Liberty County on Friday morning claimed the lives of two people and shut down a portion of State Highway 105 for several hours, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Stephanie Davis reported June 17. 

According to Davis, troopers responded to a three-vehicle accident on SH 105 in Liberty County just east of Moss Hill at approximately 7:30 a.m. Investigators determined that a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling eastbound on SH 105. For an unknown reason, the driver of the Ford F-150 pickup truck crossed the center dividing line and side-swiped a 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck towing a trailer. After striking the Chevrolet pickup truck, the Ford then struck a 2015 Cub Cadet truck head-on.

The driver of the Ford F-150 truck, 40-year-old Jarod Lawrence Johnson of Cleveland, was transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston with serious injuries. The front passenger in the Ford, 32-year-old Luke Jordan Harpole of Cleveland, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Cody Parrish. The second passenger in the Ford, a 7-year-old boy, was also pronounced dead at the scene. The minor child was related to Johnson, the driver.

The driver and passenger of the Chevrolet pickup truck were not injured in the crash. The driver of the Cub Cadet truck, 33-year-old Joshua Jordan of Batson, was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

SH 105 between Batson and Moss Hill reopened about six hours after the fatal accident.  

The crash investigation is ongoing, Davis reported, and there are no further details to be released at this time.