Two taken to HCMH after SUV, 18-wheeler collide

By PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

Sept 14, 2007 - Two people were taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital this morning after a collision involving an 18-wheeler and a Ford Explorer. 

Staff Photo by Patti Sells

Firemen crawl inside a Ford Explorer involved in a collision on State Highway 154 to help EMS assess the injuries of the vehicle's two occupants, who were taken to the hospital.

The collision occurred about 8:35 a.m. near the intersection of State Highway 154 and FM 1567 west where a road construction crew was working.

The driver of the gravel truck, Buddy Sutton, an employee of  Chamness Trucking Inc. for five years, said he was traveling south on SH 154 at approximately 60 miles per hour following the Explorer.

As they approached the road construction area, an A.K. Gillis crew member turned the road sign from "Slow" to "Stop," and Sutton's truck collided with the rear end of the Explorer.

"There was nothing I could do," Sutton said. 

Sutton, unharmed but visibly shaken, declined to go the hospital. The female driver and male occupant of the Ford Explorer, both wearing seat belts, had no apparent injuries, but were taken by ambulance to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arbala Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene, followed by Hopkins County Sheriff's Department, Hopkins County Fire and Rescue and Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services.

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