Two die in head-on collision near Hopkins-Rains County line

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 7, 2007 - A Point man and Yantis woman were killed in a two-vehicle collision on State Highway 19 north of Emory Tuesday afternoon, and a teen-ager and preschooler were flown from the scene to trauma centers to be treated for "serious" head wounds, according to Texas Department of Public Safety reports.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Emergency responders and helicopter medics load Jeffery Bryant Goldsmith, 19, into the helicopter which flew him to East Texas Medical Center following a fatal crash on State Highway 19 Tuesday. A 4-year-old boy was also flown to the trauma center at a Dallas hospital.

Jeremy Chase Goss, 21, and Andrea Elizabeth Burk, 26, were pronounced dead at the scene by Rains County Justice of the Peace Don Smith.

Jeffery Bryant Goldsmith, 19, was flown to East Texas Medical Center, and Landon Elliott, 4, was flown to Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Authorities at the scene reported Goldsmith sustained a lesser head trauma than the severe head injury the preschooler was being treated for. The 4-year-old Point boy also was said to have leg fractures and at least one broken arm.

Goss was reportedly traveling north on SH 19 in a 1989 Ford Mustang at about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday. Andrea Burk was the front seat passenger, and Landon was in the back seat of the Mustang. Goldsmith was the lone occupant of the 1998 Pontiac Firebird which was traveling south. The two cars hit head-on 2.7 miles north of Emory at the curve leading up to the first Lake Fork bridge south of Hopkins County.

The impact crushed the cars together and pushed them off the roadway. A wrecker had to be used to pull the vehicles apart so the occupants could be extracted, according to reports.

When the crash was first called in by motorists, it was unclear where exactly it had occurred, only that it was on State Highway 19 south near the Hopkins-Rains County line. Officers from both counties were dispatched.

Trooper Cory Hale was the lead investigator in the crash. DPS Cpl. Cary Barnett and Trooper Curtis LaRue, Hopkins and Rains County sheriffs' deputies and Emory police assisted him. Hopkins County, Point, Emory, Brinker and Miller Grove fire departments all had firefighters either assisting at the scene or assisting in redirecting traffic onto alternate. Emergency medical services crews from Hopkins County Memorial Hospital and East Texas Medical Center also responded.

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