Many of South Milam County’s law enforcement and emergency personnel were enjoying the annual Knights of Columbus Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at 6:45 p.m. Monday in the KC Hall when two 18-wheelers collided about five miles away on US 77 just south of FM 908. About one-fourth of those present, including more than a dozen members of the Rockdale VFD, responded. Trooper Erik Gaston said the cab of a rig driven by 72-year-old Robert Harnel of Tipton, Iowa (left), was in collision with the trailer of a rig driven by Nathan Baban, 47, of Rockdale. Tipton was treated at Richards Memorial Hospital and Baban refused treatment at the scene. Portions of the highway were closed intermittently (right) during the two-hour cleanup.

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