Headon Collision Results in Fatality on SH 7 East - November 12, 2013
Composed by J.J. Ford
The driver of the F-150 was Carmilo Barron-Torres, 34, and the passenger was Leticia Acuna,18.
A headon collision occurred on SH 7 East near Airport Road on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 around 9:30am. The collision involved a Ford F150 Crewcab pickup traveling east on SH 7 and a Smith Wrecker Service flatbed tow truck driven by Matt Smith of Joaquin. The tow truck was traveling west on SH 7 heading into Center when the F150 crossed the center line and struck Smith headon. Smith's tow truck turned around facing south, flipped over and came to rest on its top. The F150 spun around and came to rest facing south and burst into flames. The Center Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the vehicle which still had a female passenger inside.
The female was extracted from the vehicle by firefighters and ACE EMS. She was treated at the scene by ACE and then transported in serious condition to a Nacogdoches Hospital. Matt Smith received minor injuries and was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial by ACE EMS. The driver of the F150 perished at the scene and was taken to Watson and Sons Funeral Home. The names of the two occupants of the F150 have not been released at this time.
Traffic was stopped in both directions while the accident was worked and the roadway cleared. As of noon, traffic was still down to only one lane. The accident is under investigation by DPS Trooper Jade Lavergne and Trooper Zack Mills.