First responders work feverishly to free the wife of 49 year old Luis Lopez, of Diboll.
Vehicle Hydroplanes, Rolls, CORRIGAN, August 15, 2016 - At approximately 7:20 pm on August 14, 2016, a blue Dodge pickup, driven by Luis Lopez, 49, of Diboll, was north-bound on US-59. As Lopez drove through a patch of water his vehicle began to hydroplane. Lopez's vehicle left the pavement to the left, rolled through the median and entered the south-bound lanes of traffic where it turned over on it's passenger's side in the left lane on the south-bound side. Trooper David Morris with the Texas Highway Patrol drove upon the accident right after it happened and radioed to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department, Officer Austin McCracken with the Corrigan Police Department, Sergeant Craig Taylor with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Trooper Daniel Kyle with the Texas Highway Patrol. Lopez was able to pull himself from the wreckage, but his wife was pinned in. Volunteer firemen used the Jaws-of-Life to eventually free Mrs. Lopez and get her into an ambulance. Both were transported by ambulance to CHI Lufkin Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. All traffic on the south-bound side of 59 was blocked during investigation and cleanup. Lopez was cited for unsafe speed. A rollback wrecker from Clifton Chevrolet out of Corrigan recovered Lopez's vehicle and it will be stored in Corrigan.
Trooper Kyle Daniel (right) is the accident investigator (Trooper David Morris is pictured at left).
Lopez's vehicle was recovered by Clifton Chevrolet out of Corrigan.
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