LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A woman has died in a two-vehicle wreck that occurred on the loop in Lufkin near the Ellen Trout Zoo Tuesday afternoon.
According to Cpl. Brad Davis, a man driving a Pontiac Grand Prix was going in the center turn lane and trying to go into the zoo driveway and pulled into the path of a northbound Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma T-boned the car.
The woman was the passenger in the car.
Both drivers were taken to a Lufkin hospital for their injuries and the driver of the car has been taken by helicopter to East Texas Medical Center in Lufkin.
This is the second fatality at this same location within the last few days.
Lufkin district public information officer Rhonda Oaks with the Texas Department of Transportation said these crashes were terrible accidents.
"Unfortunately this accident scene was repeated just a few days ago. Our hearts go out to all the families involved and everyone involved it's a very unfortunate accident." Oaks said.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation there have been no accident trends at this intersection and that it's more of making sure drivers are paying attention.
"This particular cross over is up to state safety standards. Unfortunately this sort of accident when it is broadsided, and one has right of way and one should be yielding, it takes the part of the motorist to stop and really be careful." Oaks said.
Despite this the department is going to look into these fatalities to make sure there are no issues.
"We do a traffic study, we do a fatality study, and we do an impact study that will tell us if we need to do anything any differently at this intersection." Oaks said.
But for concerned drivers, rest assured safety is always the top priority in cases like these.
"We'll look at the entire scene and study it and make sure that it's safe." Oaks said.
The Texas Department of Public Safety will begin its extensive research and investigation process immediately upon receiving the final fatality and accident report for the crash.