Historic oil derrick damaged by vehicle crash

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 9:41am

A driver fell asleep at the wheel early Saturday, slamming his SUV into Kilgore's only original oil derrick still standing on the World's Richest Acre.
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.



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