Sulphur Springs man flown to trauma center after crash
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 11, 2005 -- ƒAn early morning cash involving a tractor-trailer rig and a small car resulted in a Sulphur Springs man being flown to an out-of-town trauma center for a severe leg injury, state troopers said later Saturday.

The accident occurred about 5:50 a.m. Saturday on FM 269 jut past State Highway 11 east. Paciana Escobedo was traveling south in a small car at about the same time John Wenthal of Albany, Ga., was driving an 18-wheeler north along that stretch of road.

Escobedo veered across his lane into the northbound lane of traffic in front of Wenthal, according to reports. The truck driver scooted to the far side of the road, going halfway into the ditch in an attempt to avoid a collision, but the two vehicles collided head-on. The impact “threw it (the car) around and knocked it in the ditch,” causing the dash of the car to cave in on Escobedo, troopers said. The front axle of the truck was knocked backward due to the force, according to volunteer firefighters.

Pickton-Pine Forest firefighters responded at the scene, along with Texas Department of Public Safety and Hopkins County sheriff’s officers, and Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel. Brinker firemen were contacted to provide another set of cutters to assist P-PF firemen in extricating Escobedo from beneath the dash and brake pedal of his car, first responders said.

Troopers said just before noon Saturday that Escobedo was lucky to come away from an accident of that nature alive, much less only the injuries he sustained.

Volunteer firefighters estimated a time of approximately 20 minutes after arrival for them to cut Escobedo out of his vehicle. Hopkins County EMS personnel helped stabilize him until a medical helicopter could touch down on the road near the accident scene to fly Escobedo to an out-of- town medical center. First responders noted him to have an arm injury and what appeared to be a compound fracture of his left leg. Escobedo was in stable condition when he was airlifted.

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