ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - One person died in a two-vehicle wreck involving an Angelina County Sheriff’s Office patrol unit that occurred just north of Zavalla on U.S. Highway 69 north Thursday afternoon.
UPDATE: US Hwy 69 South near Zavalla is now open and clear for travel, as of 7:52 p.m., according to TxDOT.
The sheriff’s office lieutenant who was injured in the two-vehicle wreck has been identified as Lt. Stacy Seymore. According to Sheriff Greg Sanches, Seymore has been life-flighted to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for treatment. A preliminary report says that he has a fracture of his right foot that will require surgery and broken ribs. His left foot is also broken.
The identity of the deceased, who was the driver of the other vehicle, has not been released.
Sheriff Sanches, who responded to the scene, confirmed early on to KTRE that one of his lieutenants was involved in a two-vehicle wreck that occurred on Highway 69. Sanches told us they had brought in a medical helicopter to airlift Lt. Seymore to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
“He’s in bad shape,” Sanches said.
Rhonda Oaks, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of transportation, said the wreck occurred on Highway 69 near FM 1818.
“Traffic is blocked,” Oaks said in a traffic alert. “Prepare for delays as this scene begins to clear.”