BREMOND, Tx (KYLE) — A Robertson County road and bridge employee is lucky to be alive Wednesday after the tractor mower he was driving on FM 2954 near Bremond was hit from behind.
"It's obviously tragic when there's any loss of life," said Robertson County Judge Jan Roe. "This mornings accident is no different but we feel fortunate they both didn't perish in the crash. We're lucky and grateful because we believe he is going to recover."
DPS Trooper Scott Swick says the driver, 38-year-old Jennifer Nickels of Groesbeck, was headed north when she collided into the back of the tractor just before 8:00 this morning.
Nickels' car spun out and the tractor flipped.
"It's our belief early on that the sun was in a location that it caused visibility issues for the driver of the car and we believe based on the evidence on the roadway the vehicle didn't see the tractor until she got right up on it and then she applied the brakes," said Trooper Swick.
Nickels' died at the scene.
Judge Roe says it's a tragic accident but one the county sees far too often.
"These are farm to market roads and they're going to have cattle trailers, they're going to have equipment and slower drivers so we all need to be cognizant of those issues that we face."
We're told Nickels was not wearing her seatbelt.
Alcohol was also found in the car but it's unclear though if she was intoxicated at the time of the crash.