Lufkin man severely injured when he is ejected in car crash
Lufkin, TX — A Lufkin man was listed in critical condition Wednesday night at a Tyler hospital after being ejected from his vehicle that morning.
The vehicle driven by Jeremy Graves, 31, left Denman Avenue outside of the loop, hit a culvert and went airborne around 8 a.m., according to Sgt. David Walker of the Lufkin Police Department.
The car then came down, hit another culvert and began to roll. Walker said that’s when Graves was ejected from the car. It happened at the corner of Denman Avenue and Tower Lane, and only Graves was involved.
“When culverts are involved, it’s like another crash every time you hit it,” Walker said.
A witness saw the car hit a road sign before flying into the air, Walker said.
“No one saw him leave the road,” Walker said. “The first thing that caught their attention was the sign being hit.”
Walker said the man was ejected from his GMC Jimmy and landed about 75 feet away from initially leaving the car.
Graves was taken by ambulance to the helicopter pad at Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin before being taken to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Walker said his injuries were life-threatening.
The crash is under investigation. The way Graves was ejected from the vehicle, Walker said, it’s possible he wasn’t wearing his seat belt, although that has not been confirmed.
The crunched car was unrecognizable, but Walker said the man may have been better off inside the vehicle because cars are manufactured to absorb high amounts of energy during a crash.
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