2013-02-05 / News

Lampasas man flown to Temple after collision on FM 580 East


Robert Garza of Lampasas, driver of the Ford F-150 pickup pictured, was injured in a twovehicle crash Friday when a lumber truck driver tried to make a U-turn on FM 580 East. 
PHOTO BY ERIC HERNANDEZ Robert Garza of Lampasas, driver of the Ford F-150 pickup pictured, was injured in a twovehicle crash Friday when a lumber truck driver tried to make a U-turn on FM 580 East. PHOTO BY ERIC HERNANDEZ A Lampasas man was flown to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple on Friday for treatment of injuries sustained in a crash on FM 580 East.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper I Chad Freeman gave the following account of the accident, which took place five miles east of Lampasas at about 6:45 a.m.

David Cohen of Kempner, a truck driver for Killeen-based 195 Lumber Co., told the trooper he missed a turn while heading west on FM 580. Cohen tried to make a U-turn, Freeman said, and backed up across FM 580 to avoid going too far into a ditch on the south side of the road.

A westbound Ford F-150 pickup driven by Robert Garza of Lampasas came around a corner and could not stop in time to avoid the lumber truck, Freeman said.

The Ford went under the wood hauling vehicle a bit, Freeman said, and the front of the pickup collided with the left side of the lumber truck.

Air Evac Lifeteam flew Garza -- who was wearing a seat belt when the crash happened -- to Scott & White for treatment of what the trooper called “incapacitating injuries.”

Cohen, who also was wearing a safety belt, was uninjured, Freeman said.

DPS, which sent three troopers to the crash, arrived on the scene about 7:10 a.m. Capital EMS, the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office and Kempner Volunteer Fire Department also assisted.

Officers and emergency workers closed the crash site to traffic for about an hour, Freeman said, and some traffic was diverted to FM 1715.

The pickup was towed from the scene. Freeman said he did not think the lumber truck would have to be towed.

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