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Tow Truck Struck - 07.14.21 (TX)


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Brand new wrecker....damaged in wreck!




Three people are undergoing treatment following an accident which, ironically, involved a wrecker truck on the west side of town.


Officers said the accident occurred shortly before 6:00 on Tuesday evening when the wrecker, which was the newest in the fleet of Jasper Xxxon Towing and Recovery, was on the scene of a minor accident and sitting beside the road on Highway 63 West near County Road 166, not far from the intersection of Farm to Market Road 2799.


DPS Sergeant Richard Standifer said the crash occurred when the driver of a 2011 Ford Edge sport utility vehicle hydroplaned during a heavy rain and slid head-on into the 2022 Peterbilt rollback-wrecker.


The driver of the Ford, Madison Kennedy, 24, of Buna was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Lufkin where she was, at last word, still undergoing treatment for significant leg injuries. A passenger in the SUV, Shelby Linscomb, 21, of Orange, was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital where she was also treated. Fortunately, a 1-year-old baby that was in the SUV was not injured.


The driver of the wrecker, Edger Neyland, 44, of Jasper, was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital where he was also treated for non-life threatening injuries.


The owner of Jasper Xxon Towing and Recovery, Leon Clark, said it was not a good day. Clark said the wrecker was on its very first call, to pull out a late model silver Chevrolet Camaro that had hydroplaned and slid off the highway. Clark said he and his crew had just put the lettering and logos on the new truck just a few hours earlier that afternoon.



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