Cleveland man killed in US 59 crash in Splendora

The photo, courtesy of Splendora Police Department, shows the scene along the northbound lane of US 59 Thursday where a crash claimed the life of a Cleveland man.

By Vanesa Brashier,

A Cleveland man was killed in a two-vehicle accident in the northbound lane of US 59 near Kingsport Lane in Splendora Thursday afternoon.

The man was sitting in standstill traffic in his 2018 Ford F-150 due to a jackknifed 18-wheeler a few miles north near the flea markets in Cleveland. His vehicle was hit from behind by a Dodge Ram pickup, said Lt. James “Troy” Teller, spokesperson for Splendora Police Department.

“This was one of those new aluminum body trucks and there was nothing left of it. It folded like a tin can,” Teller said.

Preliminary information suggests the Cleveland man, whose name is not being released until his next of kin is notified, was killed on impact. The drivers of the Dodge Ram and the jackknifed 18-wheeler survived.

Teller said that no charges have been filed at this time pending the outcome of the investigation. The Texas Department of Public Safety is assisting Splendora PD.

The Ford pickup truck was destroyed in the crash Thursday afternoon. The driver was killed.
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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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