According to KJAS in Jasper, Jasper Police have have released details about an early Thursday morning crash that involved an 18-wheeler and resulted in a woman being trapped inside her vehicle.
According to Sergeant Cody Christopher about 4:30 am, 51-year-old Deanna Eustace, of Newton, was driving southbound on Highway 96 South in front of Harvest Church in a 2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV. 25-year-old Markeith Cauley, of Jasper, was also driving southbound in a 2017 Peterbilt truck-tractor semi-trailer. Christopher said Eustace’s SUV ran into the back of the 18-wheeler trailer. The crash resulted in her legs being trapped in the wreckage, and the Jasper Fire Department responded with the Jaws-of-Life to free her. According to Christopher, Eustace told officers that the big-rig pulled out in front of her. However, Christopher said investigating officers believe that the truck was already in the inside lane of travel and although Eustace had time to slow down and change lanes safely, she did not.