Highway 19 North was shut down yesterday afternoon after a horrific accident involving a Dallas area family that had been camping at Cooper Lake. The vehicle containing eight passengers, two parents and six children, pulling a small trailer ran off the road and flipped several times landing in a creek.
According to SSPD Chief Jay Sanders, four of the children escaped the car. First responders removed the remaining two adults and two children from the vehicle and performed CPR before transporting them to the ER. The parents were then careflighted to Tyler and the two children were careflighted to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. The father reportedly passed away last night and the mother and children remain in grave condition.
Please keep this family in your prayers. A statement from Chief Sanders is included below:
“I think the last time I was this proud was when my son was born. This afternoon I had the pleasure of watching Hopkins County deputy’s and firefighters, Sulphur Springs police officers and firefighters and EMS personnel work together at the scene of a major crash. They worked feverishly and were able to extricate several critically injured adults and children from an SUV that was upside down in a creek. Four of the eight patients were CPR’s. I don’t know what the outcome will be but all 4 were flown out with a pulse. I really don’t have the words to describe how I feel. I’m just extremely proud of all. What an amazing group of people. ”