2 back-to-back wrecks on U.S. 59 South cause congestion Monday afternoon
By BY JESSICA PRIEST - JPRIEST@VICAD.COM
Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 20, 2013 at 7:21 p.m.
Two wrecks minutes apart slowed traffic on U.S. 59 South near state Highway 185 around 4:15 p.m. Monday.
A maroon Ford F-150, driven by Martin Perez, 49, of Katy, was traveling north in the inside lane on U.S. 59 South beside an 18-wheeler, driven by Guillermo Nevarez-Marroquin, 42, of Brownsville. The two sideswiped each other for an unknown reason, causing the Ford F-150 to hit a bridge, Department of Public Safety Trooper Jesse Ray Chavana said.
The Ford F-150's passenger, Nellie Perez, 47, also of Katy, was taken to DeTar Hospital Navarro.
A hospital spokesperson said Nellie Perez was treated and released.
The cause of that wreck was still under investigation, and no citations have been issued, Chavana said.
Seconds later, a second crash occurred on the same stretch of road, said DPS Trooper Jay Schultz with the Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement team.
A blue Toyota SUV struck an 18-wheeler's trailer while attempting to change lanes, Schultz said.
The driver of the SUV, a Houston woman, and the driver of the 18-wheeler, a Minnesota man, whose names weren't available Monday, weren't injured.
The Houston woman received a citation for changing lanes when unsafe, Schultz said.