At 7:20 Monday evening, disaster struck when an 18-wheeler hauling hay to Caldwell from Sulphur, Louisiana attempted to stop for a red light at FM 1484 and SH 105. The driver of the truck, 57-year-old Charles Carness, of College Station, jackknifed the truck. In so doing, he punctured his left fuel tank spilling diesel on the roadway, and causing the truck to slide into the eastbound lane.
A KIA sedan driven by Gari Bates, 56 of Cleveland was able to stop before hitting the truck. Behind her was a Nissan Pathfinder driven by 22-year-old Kristen Perricone of Vidor. She too was able to stop.
A Ford Escort that came up behind the first two vehicles was unable to stop and slammed into the Pathfinder pushing it into the KIA. The driver, 19-year-old Katisha Jones of Conroe then got out of the vehicle, where witnesses said she apparently passed out. Jones was transported to Conroe Regional Hospital in stable condition.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were on the scene investigating the crash when they were notified by their dispatcher Bates had an active warrant for Theft by Check out of Liberty County. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.
There were no other injuries. The intersection remained closed until 9 p.m. as Milstead Environmental contained the spill, which had covered the roadway and filled a ditch. They will return tomorrow to dig out the ground in the area and remove any contamination.
TxDOT responded with a sand truck to cover any diesel still on the wet roadway which had been extremely slick.