HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - A two-vehicle wreck in Huntington has claimed the life of a Pennsylvania woman. Two others were seriously injured.
Police Chief Bobby Epperly Jr. said it appears a man, Billy Walters, of Huntington, was driving a pickup truck on U.S. 69 South, when he came across the center turn lane and hit a Kia Forte nearly head-on, right in front of the Dairy Queen on the 400 block.
"We were expecting a truck delivery, we get them every Monday, so I was actually at the back of the location whenever I heard the crash," Mandy Summers, Dairy Queen Manager, said.
The passenger of the Kia, Christine Wise-Allen, of Pennsylvania, died at the scene, Epperly said.
The driver of the Kia, Robin Chambers, 50, of Zavalla, and the driver of the pickup, were taken to a Lufkin hospital with serious injuries.
Chambers is a former classmate of Epperly's.
"I've known her for a long time," he said. "Never know what you're going to come up on."
"It actually sounded like an 18-wheeler tire popping or something," Summers said. "It was a really loud roaring thunder."
Summers was there as first responders tried to save lives.
"The one car that actually landed inside the parking lot, it was pretty close to the front of the building, close enough for me," Summers said.
"Makes you not want to drive, you know," Summers said. "I've got kids that will be able to drive in the next three years and I don't even think I'm going to let them get their license."
Walter is listed in serious condition at a Tyler hospital while Chambers' injuries are considered non life-threatening at a Lufkin hospital.