Just after noon Saturday MCHD was dispatched to a reported major accident on SH 242 just west of the intersection of FM 1314. Caney Creek Fire Department also responded. When they arrived on the scene they found a 1996 Camaro almost completely destroyed. Inside the vehicle were two males, the driver, identified as Christopher Lee Rivera, 30, of Conroe was in very critical condition and was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center.
The passenger, identified as Joe Lewis Gutierrez, 37, of Conroe was deceased.
Also in the Camaro was a small dog which was deceased.
Also involved was a dump truck and a 2011 Ford F450 pulling fifteen head of cattle in a cattle trailer.
According to DPs Trooper Taska, Rivera was driving west on SH 242 when he crossed the yellow center line. The driver of the Ford F450 had just purchased fifteen head of livestock and was returning home to Leesville, Louisiana and was eastbound on SH 242. The pickup driver had to swerve to avoid a head-on collision when the Camaro entered his lane. The Camaro then struck the cattle trailer that was being pulled and went into a spin. A Kenworth dump truck also east bound also swerved to avoid collision but was struck head on ripping into a fuel tank and dumping diesel fuel across SH 242.
There were no other injuries. HazMat International responded to the scene along with TXDOT to clean the diesel fuel and motor oil dumped onto the ground by the dump truck. With heavy rains the diesel spread causing ice like conditions on the roadway.
The roadway was reopened just after 5 pm.
Montgomery County Precinct 4 Livestock Officer Dwayne Morrow also responded to the scene to transport the cattle on the damaged trailer, however the original owner of the cattle was called and responded quickly transferring the cattle to another trailer.
Taska was assisted by Troopers Brack, Zendt, Larsen, Lucchesi and Sgt. Barnhill. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Precinct 4 deputies provided traffic control.