One dead in wreck on U.S. 96 north of Center Tuesday night

One person was killed in a Tuesday evening wreck on U.S. 96 north of Center, which The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated.

The two vehicle major crash was reported on U.S. 96 and County Road 4356, DPS said.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:45 p.m., a 2007 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling north on U.S. 96.

The driver of the truck tractor reportedly failed to control its speed and struck a 2003 Pontiac passenger car from behind that was stopped waiting to turn left onto County Road 4356. The truck tractor semi-trailer then overturned on the highway.

The driver of the truck tractor is identified as 51-year-old Derek Lampkin from Lufkin. Lampkin was transported to a Center hospital where he was treated and released.

The driver of the Pontiac is identified as 38-year-old Magdiel Cruz from Teneha. Cruz was not reportedly injured during the crash. A passenger in the Pontiac is identified as 41-year-old Natibida Ramirez. Ramirez was pronounced deceased at the scene. A second passenger in the Pontiac, a 14-year-old male, was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

All four lanes of U.S. 96 north about 4 miles from Center in Shelby County were closed Tuesday eventing after a crash involving an 18-wheeler, according to Texas Department of Transportation.

The roadway was reopened to traffic on all lanes about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, TxDOT reported.

UPDATE: All lanes of US 96 near Center in Shelby County are clear and open for travel after an earlier crash. Travel safely.
Motorists on Tuesday night were advised to choose alternate routes and expect delays as crews were working to clear the scene, officials said. The accident was reported about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.