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Nacogdoches man believes alcohol a factor in woman's death

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A Nacogdoches woman died and six were injured in a rollover accident Sunday night in Nacogdoches County.

Allison Denise Barnhill, 34, died at 7:05 p.m. at the scene, located on FM 1087, two-tenths of a mile west of County Road 173.

Triston Channell, 7, of Nacogdoches, is listed in critical condition with internal injuries at a Shreveport hospital.

Five others, Lucas Jarrod Barnhill, 31, Easton Barnhill, 2, Trenton Channell, 9, Amber Smith, 13, and Hunter Smith, 16, all of Nacogdoches, are listed in good condition at a Nacogdoches hospital.

According to the DPS report, Allison Barnhill was driving a 2001 GMC Yukon eastbound on FM 1087 at 6:10 p.m. when she lost control and overturned.

All seven were wearing seatbelts.

DPS spokesman Trooper David Hendry said Allison and Lucas Barnhill were married. Triston and Trenton Channell are Allison Barnhill's children.

DPS has sent Allison Barnhill's blood to a lab for alcohol analysis.

It was something Charles Barnhill suspected when he got the call from his grandson, Lucas. He's been drunk before, says his grandfather. They needed a ride home from Camp Tonkawa Springs with five children in tow. Upon his arrival uniformed officers, believed to be working security, confirmed his hunch.

"Alcohol was very much a factor in this whole thing," he said. "I mean it wouldn't have happened."

Charles Barnhill followed the emergency vehicles two miles east from the Camp Tonkawa turnoff where they found the rolled over Yukon.

"Those officers down at the springs told me that they had both been drinking," he said.

Allison Barnhill's body laid in the middle of the road, a heartbreaking discovery made by her mother.

"Really, really hysterical," Charles Barnhill said.

No one knows who allowed Allison Barnhill to drive away with so many children.

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