One woman flown to Parkland after I-30 crash

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 25, 2008 - A Sulphur Springs woman was flown to Parkland Hospital Thursday afternoon after firefighters cut open the car she was in, which was demolished in a collision on Interstate 30 west of Sulphur Springs.

The woman's husband, James Andrew Edwards Jr. 26, and their two young children were also in the car. They were taken by ambulance to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, where the children were checked out and released.

The senior citizen driving the Dodge Durango which crashed into the woman's car was also taken by ambulance to HCMH to be checked out.

The crash occurred about 2 p.m. on the north service road of I-30 at the 120 mile marker. Emergency workers called to the scene found the Oldsmobile Alero in the ditch between I-30 and the service road, and the Durango with a smashed front end.

After an initial assessment, troopers said it appeared the accident resulted when one of the vehicles failed to yield to the other at the access road.

Mr. Edwards was able to get out of the Alero and removed one child from a car seat, while emergency workers removed the second child.

Edwards' wife, who had not been identified, was trapped between the crushed hood, dashboard, airbag and passenger side door.

Firefighters used rescue tools to cut off the top of the car and side door.

Edwards' wife was reported to be "in and out" of consciousness during the extrication, talking and communicating with emergency responders throughout the process.

The rescue effort was hampered when Hopkins County firefighter's cutting tools failed, but Sulphur Springs Fire Department, which had been dispatched later by EMS and city operators, were able to help with their equipment. Deputies also assisted by helping the firemen remove car pieces as firefighters cut them off.

Once freed, the woman waited in an ambulance until a medical helicopter could land at the location. She was flown to Parkland Hospital, where she was treated for what was thought to be a broken jaw, possible shoulder injury, and several injuries to her leg from her right side down to her foot, including some fractures and a damaged muscle.

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