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All lanes of Highway 96 re-opened after two-vehicle crash
HARDIN COUNTY - One person was cited following a two-vehicle accident on Highway 96 in Hardin County, two miles south of the Hardin-Jasper county line.
Troopers were sent to the crash, which involved a loaded log truck, around 7:44 a.m. Friday.
The driver of a Ford F-250 truck was traveling northbound in the inside lane of Highway 96. The driver of the Ford truck was traveling at a high rate of speed as he approached two slower moving vehicles and to avoid striking the slower moving vehicles, the driver of the Ford truck slammed on his brakes which caused the vehicle to go into the center median, Trooper Stephanie Davis said.
At that point, the driver jerked the wheel to the right which caused the vehicle to go back across the northbound lanes of Highway 96 in front of a Freightliner truck tractor loaded with logs. The driver of the log truck steered to the right to avoid colliding with the Ford truck, however, Davis stated, the collision was unavoidable. The driver of the log truck collided with the Ford truck and the load shifted which caused the log truck to roll over.
The driver of the log truck, 43-year-old Eric Adams of Jasper, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital for observation. The driver of the Ford truck, 16-year-old Ethan Caraway of Silsbee, was not injured in the crash. Caraway was cited for Failure to Control Speed.
The northbound lanes of Highway 96 were closed until the crash scene was clear of debris. All lanes of Highway 96 re-opened at 10:30a.m.