HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Huntington ISD Superintendent David Flowers was back in the office, seeing off the track team, just a day after being involved in a serious crash.
Flowers says he was traveling north towards Lufkin Thursday afternoon when the wreck occurred. A car in the southbound lanes was attempting to turn when it was rear-ended by another car, causing it to travel into Flowers’ lane.
The car crashed into his truck, causing it to roll several times before coming to a rest upside down in a water-filled ditch. Flowers says he had his seatbelt at the time of the wreck and was upside down in the vehicle as water began to rush in.
He then undid his seatbelt and, using his phone, called for help. When emergency crews arrived, they were able to safely get him out of the vehicle. Flowers was transported to the hospital, where he was told he had broken his back.
Fortunately, the doctors said it wouldn’t require surgery.
Flowers says that he is very blessed to have walked away from the wreck.
“God was with me,” said Flowers.
He was back at Huntington ISD on Friday to drop off some paperwork and see the track team off as they travel to Austin. Because of his injury he wouldn’t be able to travel to Austin to see them compete.
He is grateful for the support he’s received after the wreck.
“Make sure you wear your seatbelt,” Flowers advises, “And tell your family and your loved ones that you love them.”
DPS confirms Flowers description of events. In their report, DPS said the rear-ended Camaro driven by Misty Whitton skid into the path of the northbound traffic, and that the driver of the Ford, veered to avoid colliding with the Camaro and rolled several times.
DPS reported that the driver of the Chevrolet SUV, Amber Sargent, rear-ended the Camaro. Sargent went to the hospital with unknown injuries. Sargent was issued a citation for failure to control speed.
Flowers was the only driver to have serious injuries.