LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — An Atascocita firefighter was killed in a crash involving highly-concentrated, sub-zero canisters of apple juice.
On Friday night, Lieutenant Jared Snell, 35, was headed eastbound on Highway 105 when he collided with a refrigerated 18-wheeler.
Snell, who was a member of the Atascocita Fire Department since April 2017, was pronounced dead on the scene.
“Our hearts are broken, and our thoughts and prayers are with Jared Snell’s family. Details regarding funeral arrangements for Jared will be provided as they become available,” Atascocita Fire Department said in a Facebook post.
Late Friday evening a Hummer was eastbound on SH 105 at County Road 2266 about 6 miles east of Cleveland when the driver attempted to pass a vehicle. A Stevenson Transport truck loaded with barrels of highly concentrated apple juice was westbound. The Hummer struck the 18-wheeler refrigerated truck head-on and burst into flames. The driver of the Hummer was trapped in the vehicle and did not survive. The driver of the 18-wheeler suffered minor injuries. Fire crews from Cleveland and Tarkington battled the blaze. HazMAt International responded to the scene to remove the diesel fuel and remove several pallets of highly concentrated apple juice which was considered flammable and hazardous material. SH 105 will be closed into the morning hours. Crews working with the barrels report the contents to be at 18-degrees below zero even after the fire and being exposed to the outside air. The driver of the Hummer is from the Tarkington area, however, Troopers say the name will not be released until positive identification is made during the autopsy. Smith and J&J Wrecker are on the scene to move the 18-wheeler once it is unloaded.