Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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November 24, 2007

Wrecks on Hwy. 69 send one to hospital

By Cristin Ross


Wednesday’s wet weather is thought to be the one of the causes of two car wrecks on U.S. Highway 69 South.

Department of Public Safety officials reported two vehicles left the roadway after hydroplaning on the rain-soaked road surface.

“Apparently the two accidents happened within five minutes of one another,” investigating DPS trooper Tom Bledsoe said at the scene.

The first collision — occurring about12:45 p.m. Wednesday — involved a dark blue, late model Ford Mustang convertible. DPS reports indicate the driver, Jacksonville College student Blake Beasley of Louisiana, was driving around a curve in the road just north of Thunder Mountain Speedway and lost control of his vehicle when another car suddenly changed lanes in front of him.

His Mustang overturned and came to rest on its passenger side against some trees on the right side of the road.

Beasley was transported to East Texas Medical Center-Jacksonville. Hospital officials were not available to report on Beazley’s condition.

Moments later a black Nissan X-terra SUV, driven by Katy Sut of New Mexico, rounded the same curve and lost control. The SUV also rolled over.

Sut declined medical treatment at the scene.

“A combination of speed, the curve and the wet road contributed to these wrecks,” Bledsoe said, adding both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the times of their crashes.

DPS, the Rusk Fire Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department responded to the incidents. Rusk Wrecker Service and Stanley’s Wrecker Service retrieved the vehicles.

Traffic was stalled for about 30 minutes as officials cleared the wreck.

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