3 injured in head-on wreck

Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:34 pm, Fri Jan 14, 2011.

A 16-year-old girl was taken by helicopter to LSU Medical Center and three others were taken ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center-Longview after a head-on collision Friday night.

The collision was called in to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office at 5:46 p.m. and occurred on Farm-to-Market 449 near Airlite Road.

The girl taken to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, La., was not named because she is a minor.

"She was alert and conscious the whole time," said Department of Public Safety Trooper Kirby Jarrell, who added she was air lifted as a precaution by emergency medical services at the scene.

The girl was a passenger in a white Toyota 4Runner driven by Sterling Gibson, 17. Ms. Gibson was taken to GSMC-Longview for unknown injuries.

David Nelson, 65, was driving the second vehicle, a black Chevy Silverado. He and his wife, Janet Nelson, 54, were also taken by ambulance to GSMC-Longview.

"The white vehicle crossed the center line," said Jarrell.

Ms. Gibson was traveling east, while the Nelsons were traveling west. And the wreck happened about 75 feet from a hilltop curve.

The road conditions were dry, and all of them were wearing their seat belts, Jarrell said.

Why Ms. Gibson had crossed the center stripes was not immediately known, and the accident is under investigation, Jarrell said.

"This is not the first wreck I've worked here, though others were not head-on and were usually vehicles that had left the roadway," he said.

Hallsville Volunteer Fire Department and Hallsville Volunteer Ambulance were among the first rescuers to arrive, and they transported two of the passengers.

"When we got here, we secured the scene and used the Jaws of Life to pop the door and get the passenger out of the Toyota," said Capt. Garry Richardson.

In all, there were seven responding volunteers from the fire department with six more with the ambulances, he said.

Marshall Fire Department Ambulance took one of the patients, and Harrison County Sheriff's Department also responded as traffic was stopped in both directions through the area.The vehicles were removed by Ford's Wrecker Service of Marshall.

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