06/13/2019 Crash 1

A helicopter arrived at the scene of a Thursday afternoon crash to take one patient to a Tyler hospital.

Authorities took one person to a hospital by helicopter following a Thursday afternoon crash.

Scanner traffic indicated the crash occurred about 4 p.m. at the intersection of FM 2108 and U.S. 59 south. The accident appears to have occurred between an 18-wheeler and a Chevrolet Silverado.

Exact details of the crash are still to be determined, however skid marks and vehicle glass on the scene indicate the impact may have occurred in the northbound lane. The 18-wheeler’s bumper appeared damaged and it remained on the side of the road in the northbound lane. The Chevrolet was flipped over in the southbound lane with extensive damages to its rear.

Lufkin Fire Chief Ted Lovett said the driver of the Chevrolet was loaded into a Lufkin Fire ambulance before being placed into a helicopter, which touched down in the parking lot of the nearby First Apostolic Church. The patient appeared to be at varying levels of responsiveness, and would likely be taken to a Tyler hospital for trauma treatment. Lovett said his injuries didn’t appear life threatening at the scene of the crash. No other passengers were in the Chevrolet.

The 18-wheeler driver appeared to be uninjured in the crash.

Traffic in both the south and northbound lane was slowed as authorities worked to clear the scene of the crash. In addition to Lufkin Fire Department, the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and Diboll Fire Departments responded to the crash.

Austin King's email address is austin.king@lufkindailynews.com.

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