Dike man ejected from car in crash, listed in critical condition

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram news editor

July 31, 2007 - A Hopkins County man was rushed to a Winnsboro Hospital Tuesday morning following a two-vehicle collision on State Highway 11 east near Pickton. He remained in critical condition just before noon, according to sheriff’s reports.

Hopkins County and Pickton-Pine Forest firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, and emergency medical services personnel were dispatched at 10:21 a.m. to State Highway 11 east near FM 269 after county dispatchers were informced of a vehicle crash in front of woman’s house. She said two vehicles appeared to have collided head-on, causing major damage and blocking the road.

When emergency responders arrived, they observed a crumpled red Ford car and a black GMC pickup. The driver of the pickup appeared to be OK, but the driver of the car was on the ground, having been ejected from the car in the crash.

After further investigation, authoritiels determined the car, driven by a 55-year-old Dike man, hydroplaned on the slick pavement caused from a downpour, and collided with the truck, driven by a 51-year-old Como woman. At some point, the man was ejected from the car.

Champion Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived at the scene, and treated the Dike man. He was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital in Winnsboro, where he was last noted to be in “very serious” critical condition, according to reports.

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