Accident Investigator, Trooper Darwon Evans (right) was assisted by Trooper Chris Nash from Angelina County.
Driver Hydroplanes and Crashes, 2 Flown Out, NORTH POLK COUNTY, August 14, 2016 - At approximately 12:30 in the afternoon on August 14, 2016, a white Chevy Suburban, driven by Phillip Damane Jackson, 21, of Hamburg, Arkansas, was north-bound on US-59 about a half mile north of Damascus Road. Jackson hit a patch of water and began to hydroplane. His vehicle left the pavement to the right and went down an embankment where it slammed into the trees at the woodline. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department, Deputy Dave Sottosanti with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Troopers Darwon Evans and Chris Nash with the Texas Highway Patrol. Firemen used the Jaws-of-Life to extract Jackson and his two passengers (18 year old Joanne Carr and 40 year old Raymond Kirk Dodson) from their vehicle. Jackson and Dodson were both flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston with serious injuries. Carr was transported by ambulance CHI Lufkin Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Traffic on the north-bound side of 59 was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. Jackson was cited for unsafe speed. A rollback wrecker from Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan recovered Jackson's vehicle and it will be stored in Corrigan.
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21 year old Phillip Damane Jackson, of Hamburg, Arkansas, hydroplaned and crashed his Chevy Suburban near the Polk County / Angelina County line.
Jackson was transported by ambulance to a landing zone, then flown to Houston (his two passengers were also hospitalized).
Deputy Dave Sottasanti also assisted at the scene.
Jackson's vehicle was recovered by Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan.
(L - R) Molly, Heidi, and Mixi were on duty for PolkCountyToday.com.
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