Robert H. Thompson, a 74-year-old Sulphur Springs man, was listed in critical condition in Tyler’s Trinity Mother Frances Hospital following a crash near the 131 mile marker on west bound Interstate 30 about 7:20 p.m. Thursday evening.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum said Deputy Shae Shaw had been dispatched to assist an out-of-state driver whose car had stalled in the passing lane of the interstate.
“Deputy Shaw pulled up behind the broken down vehicle. He had his emergency lights on and was pushing traffic over into the right-hand lane,” Tatum said. “A vehicle driven by a Sulphur Springs man, I guess from what it looks like in the video, came along and rear-ended the patrol unit — he never saw him.”
Thompson was pinned in his vehicle and, after being extricated, was flown from the accident scene to the Tyler hospital.
The impact spun the patrol truck around and it crashed into the center divider wall.
Tatum credited Deputy Shaw, who was out of the vehicle with the occupants of the disabled vehicle, was able to push them out of the path of the oncoming car.
“It was a very bad wreck to say the least,” Tatum said. “You know, at 75 miles-an-hour hitting that patrol unit at a dead stop.”