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Eleven injured in Sunday crash
Houston County Courier - August 2009
By Daphne Hereford
A total of 11 people sustained injuries and were transported to either ETMC Crockett or ETMC Tyler following a four-vehicle crash on Hwy. 19 on Sunday, Aug. 16.
According to reports the crash occurred about 4:10 p.m. about 1.7 miles north of Lovelady when a northbound 2002 Ford pickup, driven by Justin K. Yarbrough, 17, of Chandler, drifted into the southbound lane of traffic.
According to witnesses and a statement made by Yarbrough at the scene, he fell asleep and his vehicle crossed into the southbound lane narrowly missing a southbound vehicle.
Yarbrough reportedly attempted to steer back into his lane and sideswiped a 2006 Dodge pickup, driven by Marcus L. Craft, 33, of Houston.
Yarbrough then attempted to regain control of his vehicle and over corrected to the left and went into a broad slide t-boning a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Ronald R. Robinson, 57, of Houston and knocking it into a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Jeffrey B. Ivey, 43, of Houston.
When his vehicle was struck by the Trailblazer, Ivey was reportedly attempting to avoid the collision by steering to the right.
The Tahoe ultimately struck the Trailblazer in the right side.
Emergency workers used the Jaws of Life to extract passengers in the Trailblazer.
Yarbrough was transported to ETMC Crockett by ETMC EMS of Trinity; Ivey and his 16-month old child were transported to ETMC Crockett by private vehicle; Ronald Robinson was transported to ETMC Crockett by ETMC EMS and later transferred by land to ETMC Tyler.
Passengers in the Dodge pickup driven by Craft included Earna Craft, 60, who was transported to ETMC Crockett by ETMC EMS of Trinity; Michael Robinson, 37, of Houston; Laneacha Craft, 29, of Houston who was transported to ETMC Crockett by ETMC EMS of Trinity.
Passengers in the Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Ronald R. Robinson included Vernett Robinson, 58, of Houston, who was airlifted from the scene by ETMC Air One to ETMC Tyler; Virginia Garner, 73, of Houston, was air-lifted from the scene by ETMC Air One to ETMC Tyler; Martha Johnson, 64, of Houston, who was transported to ETMC Crockett by ETMC EMS Crockett and was later air-lifted to ETMC Tyler by ETMC Air One; and Dorothy Peeples, 64, of Houston, was transported to ETMC Crockett by ETMC EMS of Crockett.
A passenger in the 2007 Tahoe, driven by Ivey, was Shelley Ivey, 36, who was transported to ETMC Crockett.
The highway was closed for approximately two hours while emergency personnel treated the injured and wrecker crews cleared the scene.
Responding agencies included ETMC EMS of Trinity, Alto and Crockett, ETMC Air One, Lovelady Volunteer Fire Department, Lovelady First Responders, Houston County Sheriff’s Office, TxDOT, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Bobby Bowlin and Austonio Volunteer Fire Department.
According to Trooper Bowlin, the case remained under investigation as of press time on Wednesday.