Causeway bridge collision blocks traffic
Posted by : August 31, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–According to a police report, no one was seriously injured in a late-night collision in front of Big Chief Landing at the beginning of the causeway bridge just west of downtown Gun Barrel Aug. 25.
Traffic on both sides of the bridge was blocked from crossing for more than an hour.
The 10:40 p.m. accident involved two westbound vehicles, one, a 1991 GMC truck pulling a trailer loaded with another truck.
For no apparent reason, the driver, 33-year-old James Nelson Jr. of Kemp hit the right side of the bridge pylon hard enough to dislodge his trailer.
A 1997 white Ford Explorer with four occupants coming up behind him swerved in an effort to avoid hitting the truck and trailer, which was now in the center of the two lanes.
The driver, Joseph Lawson, 27 of Gun Barrel City, was able to go around the trailer on the left while it was still moving. However, as he was returning the Explorer to the right lane, the GMC truck had come off the right side of the bridge moving toward the center line. The Explorer made contact with the left front of the GMC, which caused the Explorer to flip over and come to a stop upside down facing the water on the north side. Several windows were smashed in the maneuver and broken glass littered the roadway.
Happily, no one was seriously injured, though the blue truck’s 32-year-old male passenger was taken by private vehicle to get checked out at the Emergency Room in Gun Barrel City, police said.
Both drivers were able to furnish police with proof of financial responsibility and no citations were written.
Two wrecker companies were called to clear the disabled vehicles from the scene.