Volunteer Firemen from Corrigan work to get to an entrapped passenger.
Pickup Strikes 18 Wheeler, 1 Flown, MOSCOW, January 21, 2019 - At approximately 3:20 pm on January 21, 2019, a black, late model Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Edward Johnson, 56, of Nacogdoches, was north-bound on US-59 a short distance south of FM-62 when he struck the back of an 18 wheeler, driven by Uriel Gonzalez, 30, of Chicago, Illinois. Johnson was evidently approaching much faster than the north-bound rig was traveling. The impact caused Johnson to lose control. His pickup left the pavement to the right, rolled down an embankment and hit some small trees. Americare and Allegiance Ambulance Services were dispatched to the scene along with the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department, and Troopers Nick Hatton and Ashlee White with the Texas Highway Patrol. Johnson's doors were jammed. Volunteer Firemen pried for about 10 minutes with pry tools and managed to get the passenger's side door open. Johnson's passenger, Hope Williams, 54, of Nacogdoches was partially pinned inside. Emergency personnel were able to free Williams. Williams was loaded into an ambulance for treatment. A landing zone was set up on 59. PHi Air Medical landed a helicopter and transported Williams to Conroe Regional Hospital with serious injuries. Traffic on the north-bound side of 59 was mostly blocked during investigation and cleanup. All traffic on 59 (north and south lanes) was blocked for flight operations. Gonzalez's passenger in the 18 wheeler was transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Johnson is facing a citation for failure to control speed. The 18 wheeler and Johnson's pickup were both recovered by Clifton Chevrolet out of Corrigan.
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The firemen were able to get the door open in about 10 minutes.
52 year old Hope Williams was partially pinned in the pickup (driver, Edward Johnson, 56, of Nacogdoches, is seen inside trying to help).
Emergency personnel immediately began treatment of Williams.
This dog, "Webby" was inside the pickup and escaped injury, but was under a lot of stress from the accident.
A volunteer helps keep Webby safe from traffic on the highway.
Hope Williams was loaded into an ambulance and treated.
Troopers Nick Hatton (left) and Ashlee White talk to driver, Eddie Johnson. The passenger is being loaded into an ambulance in the background.
Johnson struck this 18 wheeler, driven by Uriel Gonzalez, 30, of Chicago, Illinois.
Johnson's dog, Webby, was relieved to be able to reconnect after all the commotion.
Williams was flown to Conroe Regional Hospital by PHi Air Medical.
A distraught Edward Johnson and Webby Console eachother after seeing Williams being flown from the scene.
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