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Man airlifted after crash on Hwy. 80
by Joe Baker
Jan 23, 2014 | 71 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The crumpled front end of an 18-wheeler shows the impact of a State Highway 80 crash about six miles south of Gillett.
Joe Baker photo The crumpled front end of an 18-wheeler shows the impact of a State Highway 80 crash about six miles south of Gillett.
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GILLETT – An Illinois man was airlifted Thursday morning after a crash at the intersection of State Highway 80 and Farm-to-Market 627 at a location 5.7 miles south of Gillett.

According to information from DPS Trooper Steve Bailey, Jose Martinez, 29, of Carpentersville, Illinois, was traveling northbound on State Highway 80 driving a 2011 White GMC pickup when an 18-wheeler ran a stop sign at the intersection crashing into the pickup. The pickup belongs to Red Oak Water Transfer Inc. of Kenedy.

Lanny Saberon, 58, of Weslaco, who was driving the 2003 White Freightliner, was cited for disregarding a stop sign and failure to cover the truck’s load. The Freightliner belongs to Trigo Manuel, Jr. The truck was traveling an estimated 30 miles per hour when it crossed into the intersection, Bailey said.

Martinez tried to avoid the 18-wheeler, but there was no time to react before the crash. He was airlifted from the scene by helicopter after being extracted from the pickup by emergency workers. Martinez was alert and conscious at the time he was flown to a San Antonio hospital, Bailey said.

Saberon was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.
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