POSTED: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 3:47pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 10:35pm
Tyler Police Press Release:
Tyler Police, Fire and EMS responded to a two vehicle crash in the intersection of Hwy. 271 and NNE Loop 323 around 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 29, 2010.
Accident Investigators determined that a 2007 Chevy Trail Blazer driven by an elderly couple from Twelve Mile, Indiana was heading southbound on 271 turning left onto Loop 323 on a yellow flashing arrow. A 2008 Ford F-350 pick-up was traveling northbound on 271 on a green light and entered the intersection striking the Trail Blazer in the passenger side doors.
The occupants of the Trail Blazer were identified as (driver) Clarence Bechdol,W/M, age 79 and his (wife) Margarett Bechdol, W/F, age 80 who was the front seat passenger. Mrs. Bechdol was transported to East Texas Medical Center where she died from injuries sustained in the crash. Mr. Bechdol was also transported to ETMC for non- life threatening injuries.
The driver of the Ford pick-up was identified as John Ainsworth of Longview and was not injured.
The Bechdols were traveling from Indiana to Tyler to visit a grand-daughter who attends a local college.
Mr. Bechdol was determined to be at fault in the crash for Failure to Yield Right of Way Left Turn.
TYLER - An elderly couple from Indiana are hospitalized after a wreck at the intersection of Highway 271 and Loop 323. Tyler police say they are in critical condition.
Witnesses tell KETK, CPR was performed on the woman at the scene of the crash.
Police say they failed to yield the right of way and a truck hit their SUV.
The driver of the truck was not injured in the accident.
The scene is currently being cleared, and the left lane heading east on Loop 323 is closed.
Police originally said the crash was fatal.
KETK will bring you more information as it becomes available.