Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006
Driver Overturns Car on FM 90 Bridge
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK-Mabank First Responders answered a call five miles north of the city Tuesday, when a car driven by Tammie Lowe, 45, of Kaufman failed to negotiate a deep curve.
Lowe's vehicle slid off the roadway, hit a guardrail and dropped about 20 feet into the dry creek bed below, landing on its roof.
Lowe was driving east on Farm-to-Market 90 between Prairieville and Mabank at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Traffic was stopped on both sides of the roadway for a little more than an hour while rescue crews worked to transport her to Air One West out of Athens for a helicopter ride to the East Texas Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center in Tyler.
Mabank EMT Darryl West and volunteer firefighter David Owen extracted Lowe from the car, who was conscious during the rescue.
State Trooper David McMurran studied the scene and deduced the driver had either fallen asleep at the wheel, or had taken the curve at an unsafe speed.
Courtesy photo/Jim McKee
Emergency responders transport the driver of an overturned vehicle from a dry creek bed to a waiting helicopter Tuesday north of Mabank. Traffic was stopped for an hour in both directions on Farm-to-Market 90 during the late-afternoon rescue.
First responders take every precaution against possible spinal injury in loading the driver of the overturned car into AirOne for a quick trip to Tyler's ETMC Trauma Center.
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