Pickup Slams Into 18 Wheeler, CORRIGAN, April 18, 2019 - At approximately 2:05 am on April 18, 2019, the driver of a gray GMC pickup was north-bound on US-59 in North Corrigan. For some reason, his pickup left the pavement to the left, went through the center median and angled into the south-bound lanes of traffic as his pickup careened into the underside rear of a south-bound 18 wheeler, driven by Tom Bleasby, 58, of Union City, Pennsylvania. The impact knocked the rear wheels off the 18 wheeler. The loss of the wheels caused the 18 wheeler's trailer to belly flop onto the pavement. The pickup (driven not yet identified) came to rest in the middle of the south-bound lanes as the driver was entrapped. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department, Corporal William Land with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Officer Ryan Vasquez and Chief Darrell Gibson with the Corrigan Police Department. Firemen used the Jaws-of-Life to cut the driver of the pickup out of his vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Lufkin. Bleasby was physically okay. The pickup driver had no driver's license or identification of any kind. According to witnesses he appeared intoxicated. This accident remains under investigation by the Corrigan Police Department. The pickup was recovered by Riley Wrecker Service while the 18 wheeler was recovered by Clifton Chevrolet (both out of Corrigan).
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The undidentified driver of the pickup is lucky to be alive after slamming into an 18 wheeler.
The impact of the pickup knocked the back wheels off of the 18 wheeler.
The loss of the back wheels caused the trailer portion of the 18 wheeler to belly flop onto the pavement.
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