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Accidents mar Thanksgiving holiday in area
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING – Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers were busy during the Thanksgiving holiday week investigating a number of accidents in the county. On Nov. 24, at about 5:45 p.m. traffi c was delayed for a couple of hours in both directions of Hwy. 156 near Jones Junior High School when two vehicles collided, sending one by Life Flight Helicopter to a hospital. Transported to the hospital was Quinteria Mc- Gowen, 24, of Coldspring. McGowen’s vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by Daniel Holley, 50, of Coldspring as Mc- Gowen was attempting to pull out from a private driveway onto Hwy. 156, according to DPS Trooper Raeshel Lee. Lee said Holley was traveling in the north bound lane of Hwy. 156 when McGowen entered the highway from a private drive. Holley’s vehicle left the road to the right and came to rest down a steep embankment. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, according to the DPS report. The accident is still under investigation. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, DPS offi cers investigated a two vehicle accident on Neuman Street at Sewell Street in Coldspring. According to the DPS report a vehicle driven by Bryan Hill, 28, of Coldspring was east bound on Neuman Street when an approaching vehicle failed to yield one-half of the road causing Hill to leave the road. Hill struck a tree while trying to avoid hitting the other vehicle which fled the scene. Two passengers in Hill’s vehicle, Chasity Williams, 14 and Robert Hendricks, 18, received injury but refused treatment, according to the DPS report. On Friday, Nov. 26, Herbert Coats, 75, of Humble, was traveling on U.S. 59 in Shepherd when he struck a Texas Department of Transportation low clearance sign. According to DPS Trooper Sean Barnes, Coats said the sun impaired his vision as he attempted to exit the highway and he collided with the sign. No citation was issued. Later the same day two vehicles collided at the intersection of Hwy. 150 and FM 945. According to the DPS report, Misty Steele, 28, of Normangee, Texas, was stopped at the intersection and failed to yield the right-of-way to Derrick Hall, 36, of Conroe who was traveling west on Hwy. 150. No injuries were reported, according to DPS Trooper W.R. Clark. On Saturday, Nov. 27, Ambrocio Guerrero, 25, of Houston, fled the scene of an accident in which he was involved on Dotty Street at Robin Creek. Guerrero’s vehicle struck a tree when he failed to execute a curve. He was located the next day and charged with an invalid license, traveling at an unsafe speed and failure to report an accident, according to Trooper Clark. On Sunday, Nov. 28, a motorcycle driven by Joe Burch, 58, of Spring, Texas, left the road when Burch lost control of the vehicle. Burch and his passenger, Sandra Burch, 61, were both ejected from the motorcycle which kept traveling until it struck a tree. Both were injured and transported to a hospital. Burch was cited for unsafe speed, according to Trooper Clark. On Tuesday, Nov. 23, around 4:50 a.m. all northbound and southbound lanes of Hwy. 59 near the Liberty County line were shut down for a couple of hours due to a chemical truck fire. Authorities said a vehicle pulling a trailer carrying methylacrylate, a highly-flammable chemical, was on fire. San Jacinto County Deputies, Cleveland Police and Conroe Hazmat were called to help work the scene and clean up. No injuries were reported.


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