SH 19 MVA Results Fatality, Injuries
A multi-vehicle wreck on State Highway 19 Tuesday morning, Aug. 15, claimed another life and caused injuries. A witness to the incident, who had been stopped on the shoulder, said the driver of the older model Dodge pickup had been traveling north on SH 19 and within minutes he saw the same pickup traveling back south again. It was when the pickup driver made an abrupt U-turn near the Hopkins/Delta County line near the South Sulphur Bridge that it was struck by a wrecker with two sports cars in tow.
The impact split the pickup in half with the bed landing in the East side ditch and the front of the pickup flipped alongside wrecker truck which skidded into the West side ditch. Debris was spread across both lanes of traffic.
Emergency personnel were dispatched at 9:45 a.m. Arriving first at scene was Delta County Constable Marshall Lynch, Delta County deputies Tanner Steward and Elmo Robinson. Assisting were multiple volunteer fire departments including Cooper and EMS. Trooper Greg Hollingsworth of Hopkins County is investigating the accident.
The pickup driver was air lifted and the passenger of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene, according to law enforcement. The identities of those involved had not been released. The driver of wrecker vehicle transporting a Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger did not sustain any apparent injuries. Several Texas Department of Transportation gravel trucks were also stopped following the accident.
The scene was cleared at around noon.