Child in infant seat ejected during rollover crash on I-30

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News Telegram News Editor

Oct. 7, 2007 - A Dallas man is under investigation for suspicion of driving while intoxicated during an early morning crash Friday that sent at least three people to the hospital, including two children.

The wreck occurred about 4:30 a.m. Friday on Interstate 30 near the Loop 301 exit.

A motorist reported to Hopkins County sheriff's officers the sport utility vehicle, carrying a man and woman and two chilren, ages 2 and 4, had overturned near the 127 mile marker on I-30. 

The vehicle was traveling west on I-30 when it flipped over. At least one child in an infant seat was ejected. The car slid over the center median into the eastbound lane of I-30 near the 127 mile marker, landing on its right side. The occupants exited the vehicle through a window, according to police reports.

�A witness said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it passed him,� Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Mitch Griggs said late Friday morning. �The driver is under investigation for suspicion of intoxication.�

Police found several open Hennessy liquor bottles, and two unopened Bud Ice beer bottles, as well as a carton for a six-pack of Bud Ice.

The driver, a 43-year-old Dallas man, and the woman and two children were taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The woman and the child ejected from the vehicle, who is believed  to have sustained a broken neck, were later flown to a Tyler trauma center.

The driver was later taken by helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. A blood sample was taken at HCMH to determine if he had been intoxicated at the time of the crash.

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