A Jasper County wrecker driver was one of two people injured in a fiery crash in Polk County late Wednesday morning. PolkCountyToday.com is reporting that it happened shortly after 11:00 on U.S. Highway 190, near the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation.
Texas Department of Public Safety state troopers said that 25-year-old Jonothan Darden, of Call, was driving a Hatch's Wrecker Service rollback wrecker westbound when he clipped the trailer of an eastbound 18-wheeler, and the wrecker then crashed head-on into a large commercial truck that was stopped on the eastbound shoulder of the highway.
Both Darden and the driver of the truck that was stopped, Matthew Clamon, 30, of Livingston, were injured, but both were able to climb out of their trucks which had caught on fire.
Darden and Clamon were both taken by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries, while the driver of the 18-wheeler, Jason Campbell, 33, of Winona, was not injured.
PolkCountyToday reported that witnesses told them that Darden was driving erratically prior to the accident, and troopers say that Darden faces a citation for driving on the wrong side of the road while not passing.