Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 19, 2013

Wreck sends one to hospital

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A Palestine man was hospitalized on Tuesday after the car he was driving collided with a delivery truck on State Highway 19 south of Athens.

The extent of the man’s injuries was not available at press time.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received the call at about 6 p.m. concerning the spectacular wreck that blocked traffic on the roadway for more than 6 hours.

Traffic was rerouted to Farm-to-Market Road 1615, or another county road while the Texas Department of Public Safety, law enforcement and rescue personnel worked the scene.

According to responders at the wreck, a Chevrolet, driven by the injured man, was northbound when it crossed into the southbound lane and collided with the truck.

The larger truck did severe damage to the Chevrolet’s left front side and caused it to go out of control. The Chevrolet eventually came to a stop about 200 feet from the site of the collision.

  The problems at the accident site intensified when a wheel came loose from the Chevrolet and went into the northbound lane.

An approaching pickup hit the wheel, puncturing the pickup’s fuel tank. The damaged tank leaked about 25 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway which connects Athens to Palestine.

The Texas Department of Transportation sent help to deal with the hazardous materials spill. The roadway was sprayed multiple times to remove the diesel fuel.

The HCSO record of calls for service reported the Baxter Fire Department responded to the crash along with the DPS and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.