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Two men airlifted after Friday crashes
Houston County Courier - October 2008
By Daphne Hereford
A 61-year-old man was airlifted to ETMC Tyler by ETMC Air One after a Friday, Oct. 17 crash on Hwy. 19 in Lovelady.
According to Texas Department of Public safety reports, the crash occurred near the Lovelady State Bank at about 3:35 p.m.
Authorities said a 2003 Chevrolet pickup towing a trailer filled with firewood, driven by Dee Williams, formerly of Dayton now of Houston County, was northbound when he crashed into the back of a Lovelady Independent District 1988 GMC School Bus, driven by Louis Sanders, 52, of Trinity.
The bus was stopped preparing to make a left turn onto Gimon Lane when the crash occurred.
According to DPS Trooper Brady Germeroth there were several children on the school bus at the time of the incident. Six were transported to ETMC Crockett where they were treated and released.
The man's dog, a Terrier-mix also sustained injuries in the crash and was transported to Crockett Veterinary Hospital by Williams' wife. As of press time Wednesday morning, the dog remained hospitalized in good condition.
Crockett Fire Department, Lovelady Volunteer Fire Department, Lovelady First Responders, Houston County Sheriff's Office, Constable Precinct 1 Red Smith, and the Houston County Game Warden also responded to the call.
DPS Senior Trooper Bobby Bowlin responded to a one vehicle crash later that night on FM 230, some 14.4 miles west of Lovelady.
According to reports, a 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle, driven by John Harold Stephens, 57, of Crockett was westbound on FM 230 and struck a deer in the roadway about 11:18 p.m.
Stephens was airlifted to ETMC Tyler by PHI Med 11.