POSTED: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 7:09am
UPDATED: Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 12:13am
SMITH COUNTY — KETK has been told the woman involved in Thursday morning's motorcycle accident has died from her injuries.
KETK has also learned that this woman is a teacher for Jacksonville ISD.
Here is a statement released by the school district:
We are told and believe to be true that Jacksonville ISD experienced a great loss today. Jo Meredith, Health Science Teacher at Jacksonville High School in the CTE Department passed away as a result of a tragic accident this morning on her way to work. Mrs. Meredith was beginning her third year teaching at Jacksonville High School.
Adminstrators and counselors are informing the students about the accident. In response to this tragic event, staff members trained to deal with grief counseling are available to help our students get back to regular learning and every day activities as soon as possible.
Jo Meredith will be greatly missed at JHS, and her passing has affected students and staff members deeply. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Information released by Superintendent Joe Wardell
KETK crews on the scene have learned that the wreck happened just before 7:00 a.m. on Friday.
DPS officials say a man driving a tanker truck was attempting a U-turn on Hwy 135 at the intersection of CR 251.
At the same time, a woman on a motorcycle was heading southbound on Hwy. 135.
She hit the side of the tanker truck, sending her motorcycle into the woods.
The woman was taken to a Tyler hospital in serious condition, but officials say she had been wearing her helmet.
The driver of the truck is undergoing voluntary toxicology tests, and will be cited for the accident.
Smith County DPS officials tell KETK, there is a reported accident between a motorcycle and a truck on Hwy. 135 near County Rd. 251 in Smith County.
This is between Arp and Overton.
Details are limited at this time, KETK has a crew en route and will provide more information as it becomes available.