The accident, which involved an early model Chevrolet pickup truck and an 18-wheeler, resulted in the highway being shut down, and traffic was diverted around the scene on Loop 149 in Brookeland.
One person, who was believed to have been ejected from the pickup truck, was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Brett Holloway. A second person in the pickup truck had to be rescued by firefighters from both the Lake Rayburn and Pineland Fire Departments. That person, who had possible life threatening injuries, was taken by ambulance to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital in Jasper.
State Trooper Bo Clark of the Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash. Clark said he and other troopers are trying to determine how the crash occurred, and the identity of both the person who died, and the injured person.
Clark said the only facts that are known is that the semi-truck was traveling southbound on Highway 96, and the pickup truck hit the side of the trailer near the tires.
The pickup truck then slid off of the east side of the highway and stopped in a convenience store parking lot.
The truck driver, whose name has not been released, was not injured in the crash. He was driving a late model Freightliner which belongs to Sedita Trucking Inc. in Conroe, and he was pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with Georgia Pacific lumber.