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US 271 Shut Down For Three Hours




Late night crash shuts down Hwy 271 for three hours in Mount Pleasant


A late night crash on Hwy 271 (Bill Ratliff Freeway) just past FM 4000 (Marvin Priefert) resulted in Hwy 271 being shut down for three hours.  Two 18-wheeler tractor-trailers were traveling southbound when one rear-ended the other around 9:00 pm Thursday night.


David Rolland Carlson of Mount Pleasant told officers he was not paying attention while driving and rear ended the other tractor-trailer driven by Gregory Graves of Montana. When the vehicles collided a fuel tank ruptured spilling roughly 300 gallons of fuel onto the roadway.


Both vehicles suffered severe damage and with on injuries reported. Police cited Carlson for failing to control speed-striking another vehicle.  The freeway reopened around midnight.