Victim airlifted to Tyler after head-on collision on Lufkin loop now in fair condition

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - One of the people injured in the two-vehicle accident on the Lufkin loop Wednesday was listed in "fair" condition at East Texas Medical Center-Tyler Thursday morning.

No condition was available on the second victim, who was taken to Lufkin's Memorial Hospital.

According to the accident report, the accident occurred in the 3900 block of Medford Drive near the intersection of Davisville Road at approximately 8:40 p.m. Wednesday night.

Edythe Trantham Arnold, 80, of Lufkin, was driving her maroon 2008 maroon Chevrolet Silverado pickup northeast in the inside lane, and Timothy Forsythe, 36, also of Lufkin was traveling the wrong way in the same lane, according to the accident report.

Arnold attempted to avoid hitting the oncoming car, and Forsythe realized he was going the wrong way and also tried to avoid a collision. However, both drivers swerved toward the southbound lanes of traffic and hit head-on.

In a previous East Texas news story, Lufkin Police Officer Dale Dodd said it appeared as though Forsythe was confused by the by the construction site near the intersection of U.S. 59. The accident report stated that a blood-alcohol sample was taken from Forsythe.

Forsythe was airlifted to ETMC-Tyler for treatment of his injuries. A hospital spokesperson said he was listed in "fair" condition. Yana Ogletree, a spokeswoman for Memorial Health Systems of East Texas said Arnold, who was rushed to Lufkin's Memorial Hospital was listed in "stable" condition as of Thursday afternoon.

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