Damaged historic oil derrick and its wrought iron fence
Historic oil derrick damaged by vehicle crash
According to the Longview News-Journal, Jacob Scott Youngblood, 22, Overton, told police he dozed off driving west on Commerce Street about 2:30. Kilgore Police said the SUV left the roadway, jumped the curb and hit the corner of the historical park, plowing through a decorative and protective wrought iron fence along the way. The vehicle didn’t come to a stop until it smashed into a furniture truck.
One leg of the R.E. Smith Griffin No. 1 oil derrick, erected in the 1940s, was reportedly damaged in the crash. Youngblood was given a field sobriety test, and it was determined alcohol was not a factor in the crash.