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Home News-Telegram News Sulphur Springs man, 29, dies after rollover crash on SH 19 north

Sulphur Springs man, 29, dies after rollover crash on SH 19 north

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A Sulphur Springs man, 29, died Sunday as a result of injuries sustained in a rollover crash on State Highway 19 north Saturday afternoon.

Michael Jeffrie Brown was ejected from his Dodge pickup as it overturned onto its top off the road in the fence and tree line of a deep ditch.

Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel, and North Hopkins and Pickton-Pine Forest volunteer firefighters (the latter in place of county firefighters who were actively battling a grass fire south of Sulphur Springs) were dispatched around 3 p.m. Saturday to State Highway 19 north to what was reported as a one-vehicle rollover crash.

Upon arrival at the crash scene just north of County Road 4574 near a curve, they reported a Dodge 1500 pickup was on its top in the ditch. The driver, identified as 29-year-old Brown, was found at least 30 feet away in the ditch near the fence line, which was covered in trees.

Brown had apparent head injuries, including facial lacerations, and was thought to possibly have internal injuries elsewhere as well, according to sheriff’s reports.

Brown was placed in an ambulance and treated by Hopkins County EMS personnel, while DPS Trooper Bill Reese investigated the crash and sheriff’s deputies directed traffic, which was narrowed to one lane while crews worked at the scene.

The trooper said based on witness statements and his examination of the crash scene, the northbound Dodge 1500 pickup was determined to have veered right toward the ditch. Brown apparently overcorrected to the left. As the truck went back onto the road, it began to flip. The truck reportedly overturned 4 1/2 times, during which time Brown was ejected out of the vehicle.  He landed an estimated 30-40 feet from the pickup in the ditch near the fence line. The pickup came to a rest sideway facing west on its top against the fence, which was lined with small trees. The top and front of the truck were crushed in, and a toolbox and the rear passenger’s side tire ripped off the truck.

Brown had apparent head trauma and facial injuries, and suspected internal injuries elsewhere as well. Consequently, a medical helicopter was requested. Emergency responders established a landing zone for a medical helicopter.

When it became apparent there would be a lengthy delay in response, Brown was taken by ambulance to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital to await the helicopter there. He was flown at about 4 p.m. Saturday to a Tyler trauma center, where he died Sunday as a result of his injuries.







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