Leon Co, Tx (FOX44) – UPDATE: One woman was killed and two Leon County firefighters were injured on Monday afternoon – when an 18-wheeler plowed into two vehicles stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 45, near Leona, in Leon County.
A Department of Public Safety spokesman said a 2021 Chevy Silverado pickup and a 2021 Toyota Camry were involved in an earlier accident, and were pulled over on the left improved shoulder of Northbound Interstate 45 near Mile Marker #157 about 3:20 p.m. Monday.
Two Centerville Volunteer Firefighters were already on the scene assisting with this accident with emergency lights activated, when a 2016 International truck tractor pulling a trailer struck the rear of the Camry – pushing it into the back of the pickup.
As it struck the car, the 18-wheeler rolled over on top of the Camry, crushing it. The driver of the Camry – identified as 27-year-old Jocelyn Ortega, of Dallas – was pronounced dead at the scene. The 18-wheeler also struck two Centerville Volunteer firefighters who were on the scene.
21-year-old Firefighter Colton Adams, of Centerville, was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple with serious injuries. 46-year-old Firefighter Clinton Franklin, of Centerville, was airlifted to St Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan with serious injuries.
The Centerville Volunteer Fire Department posted on social media on June 8 that Adams had another surgery that morning to clean and evaluate his amputated foot. The team of physicians determined his heel was not viable, and significant damage was present to the calf. As a result, a beneath-the-knee amputation was performed. The surgery was deemed successful, and he is in stable condition.
The driver of the pickup – identified as 31-year-old Lindsay Vermillion, of Dallas – received non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to a hospital in Madisonville. The driver of the 18-wheeler – identified as 55-year-old Thomas Roberts, of Houston – also received non-incapacitating injuries, and was also taken to the hospital in Madisonville.
DPS spokesman Sgt. Justin Ruiz said the investigation into the crash remains open and ongoing.