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Horror on the Highway: Three die on Highway 19 near Delta County line

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Three Sulphur Springs women died as the result of a two-vehicle collision on State Highway 19 north near the Hopkins-Delta County line Tuesday evening. After being cut out of their vehicles, a man was flown to an area trauma center where he remained in critical condition and a woman was taken by ambulance to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup pronounced Terrie Jo Paris, 26, and Rose Yvonne Sherrin, 44, both of Sulphur Springs dead at the scene. Glossup was called to HCMH around 9:45 p.m. to make a death report for Keisha Nicole McPherson, 20, of Sulphur Springs as well.

Hopkins County authorities were notified at 6:50 p.m. of a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 19 north with potential fatalities. Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, North Hopkins and Tira firefighters, and state troopers were dispatched to the location. Delta County also sent first responders and officers. Troopers from both the Greenville and Sulphur Springs offices responded.

Upon arrival at the scene, officials reported two vehicles had collided, including one that overturned. Three women were said to have been trapped in a Ford Taurus which had overturned onto its side. A man also was trapped inside a GMC pickup which was pulling a flat bed trailer.

Sheriff’s deputies stepped in to aid troopers, securing the scene and photographing it for accident reports when the Sulphur Springs troopers assigned to the crash reported they would have a delayed response as they were clearing a traffic stop on the other side of the county.

Firefighters and paramedics began attempting to extricate the injured, noting one woman  — later identified as Paris — dead upon arrival. Crews requested medical helicopters be launched to take the injured to trauma centers as soon as they were able to get them cut out and stabilized enough for air travel.

The driver of the white one-ton extended cab pickup, identified as 66-year-old Charles E. Cash of Klondike, was flown by helicopter to an area trauma center, thought to be East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, for treatment of multiple injuries including broken bones.

Front seat passenger Rose Yvonne Sherrin soon died at the scene as well. A second helicopter was landed at 7:55 p.m. at the scene to fly the third woman, back seat passenger Keisha Nicole McPherson, to a trauma center as soon as she could be cut out. However, due to the unstable nature of her injuries, she was taken by ambulance to HCMH where she died.

“I hate it for their families. This is just a tragic situation,” Glossup said Wednesday morning. “However, I can’t say enough for our volunteer firefighters, DPS, deputies, firefighters and EMS. They worked so hard and were very professional. It took over an hour cutting them out. I really think we are blessed to have such personnel. The volunteers held the car up while they were cutting them out.”

Glossup praised the paramedic who climbed into the car with the injured women, talking to them and trying to keep them calm and give what aid she could until they could be cut out and treated. That paramedic and at least one volunteer firefighter from Delta County were treated later in the afternoon for heat exhaustion.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Cori Hale is being assisted in the crash investigation by Trooper Scott Lee and Greenville Trooper Archie Corittend. A DPS team was back a the crash site Wednesday morning investigating.

Although Hale had yet to complete the crash report, an initial investigation indicated that the Taurus was traveling south on SH 19 north, about a half mile north of the Sulphur River, and the pickup was northbound at 6:50 p.m. The pickup crossed the center stripe into the southbound lane, striking the Taurus head-on. The vehicles spun around and ended up off the west side of the road. The car overturned onto its side, according to Texarkana DPS Trooper Sylvia Jennings, information officer for the region.

Crews continued working at the scene until around 10 p.m. investigating the crash and clearing the wreckage. State Highway 19 north was shut down while crews worked at the roadside.

While Hopkins County Fire Department was tied up in the far north end of the county at the crash site, Cumby firefighters staged at the county fire station ready to take any additional calls that might come in for HCFD or the other departments committed at the wreck scene.

Funeral arrangements for all three women are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home. As is standard procedure in such crashes, Glossup ordered an autopsy on the woman driving the car.

 

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