1 person dead following head on collision on US 69 North

Published: Jan. 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2014 at 4:48 AM CST
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ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - 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.

"Weactually had to break the door and help him out because the car started smokingand 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 abig crash," Henry Lovelady said. "I mean smoke went everywhere. I just saw ablack car headed South and he just came across the median and hit the oneheaded North head on."

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

Mahon said that something didn't seem right.

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

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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