ANGELINA CO. (KTRE) – Highway 59 north of Lufkin is back open after a driver apparently lost control and ran his vehicle into oncoming motorists, bringing traffic to a halt.
The accident occurred around 4:30 Saturday afternoon when a gray Dodge pickup driven by Cecil Brannon, 49, Matagorda, TX, left his side of the highway.
According to DPS trooper Clint Henderson, his agency had received a call from a concerned citizen who reported the man was driving recklessly at what appeared to be a high rate of speed, perhaps as fast as 100 mph.
Henderson said Brannon apparently came upon slower traffic, veered across the roadway into oncoming traffic, hitting a 2005 Honda CRV driven by Alexander Koshy, 60, of Lufkin. The Honda spun around and ended up on the grass on the side of the road with the driver trapped inside. Koshy was taken by ambulance to Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin. He was transferred to Memorial Herman Hospital Southwest in critical condition before midnight Saturday.
According to Koshy's son, he has been in Shock Trauma I.C.U. since Sunday. He underwent several surgeries on Tuesday, but is stable, although in a lot of pain.
Brannon was arrested on a DWI charge.
The northbound traffic on Highway 59 was backed up for about an hour as the scene was investigated and cleared. All lanes of traffic are now back open.
DPS, Angelina County Sheriff's Department and the Rivercrest Fire Department responded to the accident.