Downed telephone pole in Rusk sends motorcyclist to hospital

Downed telephone pole in Rusk sends motorcyclist to hospital

POSTED: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 2:20pm

UPDATED: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 5:24pm

At 5 a.m. Wednesday, a truck hit a telephone pole on US 69 in the city of Rusk.

The telephone pole and line were knocked down with the cable falling into the roadway.

Within a few minutes, a motorcycle driven by Mark Edward Schnackenberg, 44, of Gonzales, La., struck the cable causing him to lose control of the motorcycle and crash in the roadway. Schnackenberg was taken to a local hospital in Tyler, where he remains in critical condition with head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Schnackenberg is a welder working at the power plant  in Sacul, Texas. Schnackenberg was staying at the KOA campground in Rusk, and was on his way to work when the accident happened.

The Rusk Police Department needs the public's help in locating a 2003 to 2009 Dodge truck. The truck is allegedly a 3/4 ton or one ton truck. Investigators believe the truck has damage to the passenger side, including a mirror missing and the passenger side window broken. The truck may have a welding bed or steel bed replacing the regular pickup bed. This bed will have damage to the passenger side also.

If you have any information, contact your local sheriff's department, police department or the Rusk Police Department at 903-683-2677.

From Rusk Police Department

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This is Stacy. Marks daughter. I wud like to clarify a few things in this article. For u of u reading this HE DID, I repeat he DID HAVE HIS HELMET ON. He is 55 years old not 44 and he is not a welder. He is a quality control manager...just know he had his helmet on.

Our parayer's are with you and your father young lady and I know that all posters on this site hope for a positive outcome. Sometimes facts get askewed in the challenge to report a story in a timely manner. It was good of you to clarify the situation. God bless you and all of your family at this very serious and sad time.

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