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Truck, 18-wheeler collide on U.S. 287

At least two men were seriously injured Wednesday morning when they were thrown from the bed of a pickup during a collision with an 18-wheeler on U.S. 287 near Ennis Regional Medical Center.
One was taken from the scene via medical helicopter, the other by ambulance. Preliminary investigation by the Ennis Police Department indicates both were riding in the back of a blue pickup merging onto U.S. 287 at its intersection with SH 34 when the vehicle attempted a u-turn and was struck by the 18-wheeler. Police Chief John Erisman said it was believed both men were construction workers involved in work on the U.S. 287 bypass expansion project.
Stefan Peterson was on his way to a job interview when he reached the scene of the wreck and he was compelled to stop.
“There was a guy with a broken leg and one who was face down on the pavement,” said Peterson, of Lancaster.
Peterson quickly tended to one of the injured men while another passerby, nurse Lacy Tu, reached the wreck. She saw the injured man face down on the highway pavement and helped to stabilize him, turning him on his back and speaking with him in Spanish to ascertain his mental state.
“I was just concerned,” Tu said. “He couldn’t tell me his name, his birthday or anything else.”
Erisman said Tu’s intervention made a huge difference for the injured man, especially her ability to speak Spanish, which helped emergency responders on the scene.

For more coverage of Wednesday’s wreck, look in the Thursday edition of the Ennis Daily News.

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