One dead in Saturday morning 18-wheeler wreck

Head-on collision was on U.S. 59 south of Tenaha
UPDATED: A crash involving two 18-wheelers occurred on U.S. 59 south of Tenaha in Shelby County early Saturday morning resulting in the death of one of the drivers, according to Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS investigators said the preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Sept. 8, a 2017 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling south on U.S. 59. The Peterbilt reportedly swerved to the left to avoid a tree that had fallen into the roadway and drove into the northbound lanes and struck a 2002 Sterling truck tractor semi-trailer head-on, DPS officials said.

The Sterling truck tractor semi-trailer then caught fire. The deceased was the driver of the Sterling truck tractor who was identified as 68-year-old Joseph Cargal from Conroe. Officiers said Cargal was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the Peace.

The driver of the Peterbilt was identified as 57-year-old David Forehand from El Lago. Forehand was transported to a Nacogdoches hospital and later transported to a Tyler hospital for treatment.

Investigators and first responders continued to work to clear the scene through Saturday afternoon, DPS reported. Motorist are urged to use caution in this area.

Detours were in place with all lanes of U.S. 59n closed unitl about noon Saturday. TxDOT was alerting motorist to take alternate routes.

Josh Snider, lightandchampion.com reader, reported about noon Saturday that traffice was moving then with crews still on the scene. He advised using caution.
As of mid-morning crews were still on the scene, TxDOT reported.
Traffic was being detoured in Tenaha to U.S. 96 north to Center and then to SH 87 to Timpson. Detours in Timpson are set to SH 87 to Center and then to U.S. 96. For a detour map, visit drivetexas.org. Expect delays as this scene clears, TxDOT reported.