DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Calling it a "miracle," an Ohio truck driver is not hurt following a two 18-wheeler wreck in Diboll early Friday.
Diboll Police Officer Noe DeJesus said the Ohio truck driver, Bradley Qualls, 47, and his wife, Dawn Qualls, were traveling southbound on U.S. 59 in Diboll at 4:45 a.m. when another 18-wheeler, driven by Carlos Palma, 54, of Houston, tried to make a u-turn out of a Chevron gas station. Qualls clipped Palma in the driver side, then lost control, flipped and ended on the rig's side, 350 feet from the initial impact.
Dawn Qualls was taken to a Lufkin hospital to be treated for lacerations to the head. She has since been released. Bradley Qualls and Palma were not injured.
As of 10:30 a.m., a HAZMAT crew was still on the scene, cleaning diesel fuel off the road. Workers also had to dig up a ditch, where fuel had collected, then replace it with new dirt.
Southbound traffic is diverted to the northbound lane, with both sides bottlenecked and moving slowly.
The married couple had been traveling from Ohio to Houston in a RL Carriers 18-wheeler, Bradley Qualls said.
DeJesus said Palma was cited for failure to yield right-of-way.