Two adults were injured, and one airlifted, after an SUV they were in struck the back of a flatbed tractor-trailer rig on South U.S. Highway 287 Friday afternoon.
Witness said the tractor-trailer rig was turning from the southbound lane onto SECR 3100, a difficult turn because of the angle of the road, and was moving slowly. The driver of the SUV, a 2011 Nissan Armada, tried to make an evasive move to avoid striking the back of the trailer. Instead, the SUV clipped the back-left side of the trailer, peeling off the right side of the SUV.
The adult passenger in the front seat of the SUV was air lifted by Air Evac Lifeteam to a hospital in the Metroplex. The driver, another female, was transported by Corsicana Ambulance. Two children in the car were not injured, Sgt. Thomas Moore with the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
“For whatever reason, she misjudged (the turning vehicle),” Moore said. “… It ripped open (the SUV) like a can.”
Both adults were wearing seatbelts, Moore said, and the children were in child safety seats. The driver of the rig, from Marshall, was not injured.
The accident remains under investigation, Moore said, with Trooper Michael Abay leading it.
Laurieann Kern and her husband Kevin were working on their rent house on the corner of 287 and 3100.
“He made a wide turn and blocked both lanes,” Kern said. “She was going full speed, and locked the brakes up.”
Kern said her husband applied a tourniquet to the adult passenger to stop bleeding to an injured extremity. The passenger had to be cut from the vehicle with the jaws of life.
Tony Wayne Davis and Brad Harrison, who work for Chaney Services, were among those who stopped to help.
“We couldn’t get the doors open, so we kicked out a back window and I crawled in and got the kids out,” Davis said.
Harrison said they were given the keys to unlock the door, but the electronic key fob would not work.
Palestine Fire Department paramedic Jeff Cooper also stopped to help. He said his daughter had been on a field trip in Corsicana, and they were headed home. He declined to talk about his role in assisting, but Kern said he was instrumental in helping until Corsicana medics arrived.
The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, as well as several other volunteer agencies, also responded to the accident.