THE DRIVER OF THE NISSAN VAN THAT WAS HIT HEAD-ON MONDAY NIGHT ON SH 249 AT FM 1488
HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS RANDY CAMPBELL, 53, OF NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
At about 5:45 pm a 2015 Dodge Larimy pickup driven by Douglas Wooten, 37, of Abilene was traveling south on SH 249. As he crossed FM 1488, for unknown reasons he ran off the left side of the roadway. His truck hit the barrier wires separating the northbound and southbound lanes. The driver then entered the northbound lanes and hit a Nissan Van head-on killing its’s 53-year-old driver and his pit bulldog. A Chevrolet Sierra pickup traveling north on the freeway and exiting FM 1488 was also struck on the left front of the truck. That truck driven by Jerry Brake of Magnolia and his female passenger were uninjured. Wooten was transported to the hospital in critical but stable condition. Magnolia firefighters spent just over 30 minutes extracting the victim and his dog from the truck. It is believed the deceased driver was heading for the Ren Fest. SH 249 northbound main lanes were closed until just before 10 pm as Troopers investigated the crash. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation. The vehicles were removed by Milstead Wreckers.