Morning Accidents Cause Traffic Headaches

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

BRAYN, Texas Several accidents caused a traffic nightmare for drivers Wednesday morning.

It all started around 2 a.m. along Highway 21 near FM 2262.

Investigators said two 18-wheeler trucks were driving in the same direction when one of the trucks hauling pipe tried to make a right turn. DPS officials said the truck turned wide to the left, then began turning right on FM 2262. The second truck wasn't able to stop in time and slammed into the trailer of the first truck.

Investigators said both drivers were rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the first truck may be ticketed for failure to make a right turn as close as possible to right hand curve.

Around 8 a.m., investigators said Tasha McCoy, 35, was entering Highway 6 from Briarcrest.

Kelley McKethan with the Bryan Police Department said McCoy didn't realize traffic trying to exit at Boonville was backed up. McKethen said McCoy slammed her truck into the back of a Hyundai Santa Fe.

"It caused that vehicle to drive across all northbound and southbound lanes, into someone's back yard," said McKethan.

The driver had to be extracted from the vehicle by the fire department. Investigators said she was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

McCoy was ticketed for failure to control speed.

A short time after the initial accident, emergency personnel responded to three more accidents, all along Highway 6, and all of them within three miles of the first accident.

Investigators said all three involved vehicle rear-end collisions. One person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

McKethan said she thinks the three accidents were a direct result of drivers distracted by the first accident.

"It's hard for me not to look when I drive by an accident," McKethan said. "Sometimes people will see a vehicle flipped out into the middle of the median, and everybody wants to stop and see that vehicle."

McKethan said she advises drivers to keep their eyes on the road and pay attention to other drivers to avoid accidents.

Another accident on Highway 6 a short time later had traffic backed up for more than a mile in each direction. This one happened just south of Hearne.

DPS troopers said an 18-wheeler truck lost a load of sand and rock. The truck was headed to Kyle Field.

Troopers said the driver of the truck didn't realize he was losing the load from his truck until another trucker called him on the radio.

Many drivers waited outside their vehicles while crews worked to clean up the mess.

Rick Williams from Waller said he was on his way to Temple.

"I was supposed to be there for surgery," Williams said. "I'm not going to make it now."

James and Mary White from College Station said they were headed to Fort Worth when they got stuck. James said they'd been stuck in the traffic for just under an hour.

"We understand there are a lot of accidents on this highway," said James. So I guess it's expected."

The cause of the accident is under investigation, but troopers said the driver was not ticketed.

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