Fatal Crash on U.S. Highway 59: Woman Killed and Multiple Injured in San Jacinto County

Multiple Vehicle crash on Trinity River Bridge Results in Death and Injuries

San Jacinto County, Texas – A tragic multiple vehicle crash occurred on Tuesday morning, January 15, on U.S. Highway 59 south, specifically on the Trinity River Bridge. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been diligently investigating the incident that took place between San Jacinto County and Polk County.

According to the DPS news release, the crash resulted in the unfortunate death of a woman and left several others injured. The initial investigation revealed that a Toyota Tundra and a Volkswagen Beetle were both traveling south when the Toyota lost control. As a result, it was struck by a Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer, which then collided with the Volkswagen.

The driver of the Toyota was immediately rushed to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, as stated in the release. Shockingly, a second crash occurred shortly after, when an International truck tractor semi-trailer began to slow down and was subsequently hit by another Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer. Fortunately, no injuries were reported from this second crash.

Sadly, a third crash unfolded when a Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer came to a stop in the middle of the road. As the release explains, a Chevrolet Silverado veered left in an attempt to avoid hitting the Peterbilt, but ended up colliding with the rear of the International truck involved in the second crash. Thankfully, there were no reported injuries from this third crash either.

In a chain reaction caused by the previous crashes, a Toyota Rav4 was then rear-ended by a Chevrolet Impala, resulting in a subsequent collision with a Ford F-150. Additionally, a Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer managed to safely steer to the left to avoid the crash, but unfortunately, it was hit by a Nissan. Tragically, the passenger of the Ford exited the vehicle and became pinned between the vehicles when the Ford was struck from behind by yet another Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer.

The driver of the Impala, identified as 44-year-old Jaqueline Teeters of Livingston, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford, 37-year-old Drew Broom of Jasper, was also taken to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment, along with 37-year-old Selina Gilchriest, who sadly succumbed to her injuries sustained during the crash. Additionally, an 8-year-old child who was also in the car was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

This devastating chain of events has left the community in shock and mourning. The DPS continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragic crash, in hopes of preventing similar incidents in the future.

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