Woman survives wreck

A sedan driven by a Diboll woman was rear-ended Tuesday afternoon by a tractor-trailer rig on Highway 59 in front of City Hall.

Betty Havard, 64, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and later transferred to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with broken ribs and sternum and two fractured vertebrae. Friends reported she was originally facing surgery, but doctors will now try to repair the damage via a back brace and other means.

According to police reports, Havard was northbound on Highway 59 South in her silver Kia Optima about 1:15 p.m. when she was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler driven by John Laughlin, 57, of Houston at the intersection of Judd Street.