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18-wheelers crash near Seven Oaks
Polk County Enterprise - August 2008
SEVEN OAKS – A 48-year-old truck driver from Harlingen was seriously injured in a fi ery crash involving two 18-wheelers early Monday in Seven Oaks. Jesus Gomez, who was transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, was driving a 2002 Freightliner truck northbound. He was traveling behind a 2000 International truck driven by Jeffrey Carter, 34, of Houston. Carter slowed to allow a vehicle in front of him to make a right turn into a private drive, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Sammy Lattner. Gomez failed to control speed and struck the trailer being pulled by Carter’s truck, Lattner said. During the collision the diesel tank on Gomez’s truck ruptured and the truck became fully engulfed in fl ames. Gomez’s blazing truck and trailer, which contained auto parts, came to rest in the median.
Carter’s truck and trailer entered the parking lot of the Seven Oak’s Motel, where it struck a legally parked Cadillac. Carter was hauling a tanker trailer, which was empty, Lattner said. There were no people in the parked Cadillac. A passenger in Gomez’s truck – 52- year-old Pedro Pena of Brownsville – was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center – Livingston with possible injuries. Carter, who was alone in his truck, was uninjured, according to Lattner. Gomez was charged with failure to control speed in connection with the accident, which occurred at 6:18 a.m. Units from the Livingston and Corrigan fire departments, Texas Department of Transportation, Trooper Darwon Evans and Emergency Management Coordinator Kenneth Hambrick were among those who assisted at the scene.