LUFKIN TEXAS - At least two people died when a tractor-trailer and two passenger vehicles collided in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 59 north near Rivercrest Road around 7 p.m. Wednesday. All three vehicles came to rest in the treeline off the southbound side of the highway, then immediately caught fire. A preliminary crash investigation by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers indicated that a commercial vehicle was traveling north on U.S. Highway 59 when, "for unknown reasons," it crossed the grassy median and struck two southbound passenger cars, according to DPS Sgt. David Hendry.
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