Single vehicle accident slows traffic on Highway 271 North

LAMAR COUNTY, Texas (KXII) -- An accident backed up traffic for half an hour in the southbound lanes of Highway 271 North in Arthur City earlier Thursday.

Troopers say 59-year-old Walter Eckles of Arthur City was driving when he had a coughing fit.

His Dodge pickup left the roadway, over-corrected, struck an AT&T phone box and overturned on the highway.

We're told he refused treatment at the scene.