No injuries were reported following a three-vehicle accident that occurred on U.S. 287/Texas 19 South on Monday afternoon, when two vehicles were rear-ended while stopped behind a school bus dropping off children.
The collision occurred at about 4 p.m. Monday in the southbound lane of the busy highway, less than one mile south of the Palestine city limits. Traffic was slow-going in both directions for just over an hour as volunteer fire departments and other emergency responders worked the scene.
According to DPS Trooper Cpl. Chad Sparkman, a white Ford Flex driven by Rachel Nolan was stopped behind a school bus, with a Hummer H3 driven by Michelle Moore stopped behind the Flex and the school bus.
A third vehicle, a Dodge 3500 van, driven by Brian Lee was heading southbound over a hill and failed to control his speed, hitting the Hummer head-on in the right rear.
“Due to the impact, Unit 2 (the Hummer) struck Unit 1 (the Flex) in the left rear, with the front right of their vehicle,” Sparkman said. “The school bus was not involved in the collision. It just continued on its route.”
Sparkman reported some minor injuries resulting from the collision, and said that Lee was issued a citation for failure to control speed. All drivers involved in the collision were Anderson County residents, the trooper said.