via inforney.com: FORNEY, Texas — Three people were killed in a fiery wrong-way head-on collision on U.S. Highway 80 just west of Forney early Saturday morning — forcing the closure of the highway.
The wreck was reported at approximately 1:34 a.m. on eastbound U.S. Highway 80 just west of the Farm-to-Market (FM) 460 overpass.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesperson Trooper Kyle Bradford said a black Ford Edge was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes when it struck a red Mercury Sabre. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene.
A female passenger in the Ford Edge was transported to Lake Pointe Medical Center in Forney, Texas, in critical condition. Bradford said she was later pronounced deceased at approximately 3 a.m. due to injuries sustained in the crash
The driver of the Ford Edge was identified by DPS as 49-year-old Thomas Rutledge, the passenger was identified as 44-year-old Gina Longshore, and the driver of the Mercury was identified as 21-year-old Alfonso Flores, all of Forney, Texas.
“Information we do have, is that both vehicles are from Forney,” Bradford said at a 5 a.m. update at the crash scene.
Just last month, DPS arrested an intoxicated wrong-way driver in the same stretch of highway and two people were killed in a separate incident involving a wrong-way head-on collision on U.S. Highway 175 in Crandall.
“The best thing we can tell drivers is to be attentive,” Bradford said. “A big problem we are having, more or less, is distractions in the vehicle. The main focus of that is cell phone usage but, however, anything that takes your eyes off the road is a distraction.”
“The best thing to do is possibly drive in the far right lane and just be extremely attentive of your surroundings and driving conditions,” stated Bradford.
U.S. Highway 80 is expected to remain closed until at least 6 a.m.
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It appears that tragedy has once again struck our local roadways, and this time it was very close to home. This crash took the lives of three people from Forney. Alfonso Flores was driving his vehicle one minute, and the next minute, his life was cut short by a wrongway driver.
Whatever the reasons for the accident, whether it be alcohol, or distracted driving, the truth remains the same: the people responsible for this accident must be held accountable. In this case, it was the deceased driver of the Ford Edge. So, what would the family of Mr. Flores have to do get just compensation for their loss?
The first step is contacting an attorney like Scott Gray. An attorney will be able to discuss who you need to go after and how. An attorney will try to get down to where the people were coming from and where were they going? Were they at a bar where they were over-served alcohol or were they just heading from one home to another? Those are important discussions to be had because the state of Texas places a responsibility on bars to protect the public from their intoxicated patrons. You will definitely be suing the estate of the other driver, but finding any potential parties is very important to receiving the maximum amount for this grievous loss of life.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, or like this one, a loved one has been taken from you, contact Guest and Gray today. Let our experienced attorneys get to work fighting for your rights and avenging the loss of your loved one. Let our caring and compassionate staff guide you through the process. Come see why there really is a Guest and Gray Difference. It is because we care.