Late Thursday afternoon it became a three-way stop to improve safety, and 15 hours later it was the scene of yet another major accident. The Texas Department of Transportation erected stop signs at the crash-prone intersection of West Houston Street at Farm to Market Road 777 on the west side of Jasper and flashing signs had been in place for over a week warning drivers that the stop signs were coming, but at least one driver didn’t heed the warning signs, the stop sign, or the vehicle stopped in front of him.
Shortly after 7:00 Friday morning, Jasper Police and an ambulance responded to the intersection when it was reported that two vehicles had collided.
Sergeant Toderick Griffin said that a 2018 Volkswagen, driven by Dustin Hill, 31, of Lufkin, was eastbound on Houston Street and stopped at the newly erected stop sign. However, Griffin said the driver behind him, 21-year-old Brett Byerly, of Jasper, didn’t stop and slammed into the Volkswagen with his 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck.
Sergeant Griffin said Hill was transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while Byerly was not injured.
Over the last two decades KJAS News has documented numerous injury accidents and a few fatalities at this intersection. The last fatal collision occurred in October of 2014, claiming the life of a 57-year-old Jasper woman. The majority of the crashes occurred as a result of drivers traveling westbound on Houston Street and attempting to turn onto FM 777, but turning in front of eastbound vehicles on Houston Street.