Corrigan firemen cut the roof off of this 2002 Mazda Tribute in order to gain access to 19 year old Jeffrey Collins of Jasper. Collins rolled his vehicle into a field next to US-59.
Driver Rolls SUV in North Polk County, CORRIGAN, August 4, 2013 - At around 1 am on August 4, 2013, a tan 2002 Mazda Tribute driven by Jeffrey Roshard Collins, 19, of Jasper, was north-bound on US-59 a short distance north of the Corrigan City Limits near Piney Creek. Collins' vehicle left the pavement to the right and rolled one time jumping a barbed wire fence in the process. His vehicle came to rest on the passenger's side facing south. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department, Sergeant Lee Rogers with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Troopers Kevin Burman and Donny Akers with the Texas Highway Patrol. Collins was trapped in his vehicle as firemen used the jaws-of-life to cut the roof off of the vehicle in order to gain access. Once the roof was pulled back, Collins was carefully removed by EMS personnel and volunteer firemen. He was transported by ambulance to Lufkin Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Traffic was not blocked during investigation and cleanup. It is unclear what caused Collins to veer off the road, and it's under investigation by Trooper Burman. A rollback wrecker from Riley Wrecker Service recovered Collins' vehicle and it will be stored in Corrigan.
Once the roof was pulled back, they were able to safely remove Collins from his vehicle.
Collins was transported by ambulance to Lufkin Memorial Hospital.
Accident specialist, Trooper Kevin Burman is the investigating officer.
Trooper Donny Akers assisted Burman.
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