Troopers Kevin Burman and Nick Hatton looking for clues.
Apparent Theft Goes Awry, GOODRICH, January 11, 2020 - At approximately 8 am on January 11, 2020, a FedEx 18 wheeler was north-bound in the 354 block of US-59 when his rig was suddenly t-boned by an older model Ford pickup. The odd accident happened as the driver of the Ford just slid down the incline of the saturated, rain soaked grass on the right side of the highway. The problem is an apparent theft that didn't pan out like the would be thief had planned. The pickup was pulling a 16 foot trailer that was loaded with what was evidently stolen equipment used for concrete work, boxes of ceramic tile, and other heavy stolen goods. In addition to the trailer, the bed of the pickup was filled with among other things, a water heater, and the cab of the truck was filled with stolen items. The stolen goods came from a private metal storage building. Evidence at the scene suggests that the perpetrator(s) loaded the goods into the truck and trailer, then attempted to drive down the incline. The weight of the truck, trailer, and stolen items was too heavy, causing the pickup with trailer to slide down the rain soaked incline out of control, and onto the road where it struck the passing FedEx 18 wheeler. The occupant(s) of the pickup got out and fled the scene. The FedEx rig pulled to the right shoulder. Troopers Kevin Burman and Nick Hatton with the Texas Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene and were joined by Deputy Richard Green with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for an investigation into the incident. This accident and apparent theft remain under investigation. The pickup and trailer were recovered by Ken's Towing and driven to the Polk County Sheriff's Office for storage and further investigation. The FedEx rig sustained minor damage.
This older model Ford pickup with trailer was loaded with what appeared to be stolen items.
The FedEx 18 wheeler sustained minor damage and there were no apparent injuries in the accident.
At the top of the incline is this private metal storage building where the goods were being stored.
Troopers Kevin Burman (left) and Nick Hatton investigate the scene and were joined by Deputy Richard Green with the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
The pickup and the trailer were recovered by Ken's Towing and driven to the Polk County Sheriff's Office for storage and further investigation.
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