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1 person dead following head on collision on US 69 North

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A Lufkin man is dead following a head on collision just North of Lufkin on US 69 North.

According to trooper Marc Slocum, 69 year-old Charles Motes of Lufkin died at the hospital after his Mazda Miata drove into oncoming traffic and collided with a Mazda 626.

20 year-old Josh Huddleston was the driver of the 626 and was taken to an area hospital but appeared to have suffered only minor injuries.

"We actually had to break the door and help him out because the car started smoking and we were afraid it would catch on fire," witness Sean Mahon said.

The wreck occurred near AAA Self-Storage around 5:30 p.m.

Traffic in both directions was temporarily shut down while crews worked on clearing the scene.

A witness at the scene said someone in a Mazda Miata was driving southbound and veered into the path of a Mazda 626 and they collided head-on.

"It was just a big crash," Henry Lovelady said. "I mean smoke went everywhere. I just saw a black car headed South and he just came across the median and hit the one headed North head on."

According to Slocum, it did not appear that Motes ever applied his breaks.

Mahon said that something didn't seem right.

"When we pulled up to the car, there was no skid marks, he did not try to stop" Mahon said. "It was complete head on full speed and you could tell that something was wrong before the wreck."

Slocum said that an autopsy has been ordered by Judge Billy Ball to determine if a medical incident occurred before the crash.

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