UPDATE: Drivers identified in major Van Zandt County wreck

UPDATE: Drivers identified in major Van Zandt County wreck
South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department

POSTED: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 6:31pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:55am

Two people were hurt, one serious, in a major wreck in Van Zandt County Wednesday morning.

The crash left both vehicles involved mangled on Highway 19 at County Road 4205, according to the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department. 

The accident happened when a truck heading northbound on Highway 19 lost control, overcorrected and slammed into a car traveling southbound. 

Crews were called to the scene around 7:00 a.m. When SFZVFD firefighters arrived, they had to use the "jaws of life" to remove Billy Tims, 57, from his car. He was flown to the ETMC Tyler hospital with what were described as serious injuries. He was listed in fair condition as of late Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of the truck, Garrett Wade, 24, suffered only minor injuries. The identities of both drivers are not known at this time. No other passengers were in either vehicle.

Highway 19 was down to one lane for a few hours, and both lanes were closed for a short time for air assistance. The scene was cleared at 9:00 a.m.

Canton Fire Rescue assisted with the wreck. 

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A Canton Fire Fireman/EMT extricated the patient. He used a halagon tool, a sledgehammer, and his bare hands! What a beast!

I know, I was there

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