Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


December 14, 2012

Accident on 79, causes traffic backup, vehicle damage, but no injuries

CHEROKEE COUNTY — A Blue Bell Ice Cream delivery truck driver attempting to dodge animals darting across the road along State Highway 79 early Friday accidentally hit a guardrail and overturned, forcing authorities to close both lanes of travel for nearly two hours.

The driver was not seriously injured in the 5 a.m. accident, which took place seven miles west of Jacksonville, roughly 150 yards from the Cherokee County line.

"He was just shaken up with bumps and bruises," explained Trooper Chaney Wade of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

As of late morning, officials were still out at the scene of the accident, transporting away the damaged ice cream delivery truck, taking care of the roadside damage, and compiling notes about what happened.

Although the driver was not seriously injured, his truck was seriously damaged, reports show. Cargo had to be transferred to another Blue Bell Ice Cream truck, Wade said.

It began when the driver was heading to Brenham from an ice cream delivery about 5 a.m.

It was then that the animals — apparently deer and hogs — zipped across the road in front of the driver.

The driver ran off the side of the road, then overcorrected, and ultimately struck a guardrail, taking out a large chunk of it. The vehicle overturned and came to a rest on one side.




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