Earlier this month in Bowie County, Texas, a man was killed and another injured in a fiery auto collision. The accident occurred during the late night hours on Highway 59 South.
Texas DPS officials responding to the accident state that a pickup truck pulled out from a connecting road onto Highway 59 South. An oncoming tanker truck crashed into the pickup truck while proceeding through a construction zone.
The tanker rolled over and then caught fire. The driver of the tanker, 52-year-old Robert Clemson passed away at the scene. Firemen were also called to the scene to fight the blaze. Because the tanker was carrying thousands of pound of fuel that subsequently spilled into the environment, HAZ-MAT crews are involved with the clean up. The fuel had soaked into the surrounding soil, requiring excavation as part of the cleaning process.
A trooper stated that Highway 59 had been undergoing construction for several years prior to the accident. Trooper Sylvia Jennings stated that officers had responded to several accidents on this stretch of highway. Drivers are cautioned to slow down and pay attention to signs while driving in the construction zone.
The driver of the pickup truck, Billy Ray Howard, was taken to a local hospital. His current condition is unknown.
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