Smith County Jailer, 2 Inmates Injured After 2-Vehicle Wreck
A Smith County Sheriff’s jailer transporting inmates was involved in an accident Monday morning when another vehicle failed to yield right of way at a traffic light, police said.
Tyler police spokesman Don Martin said officers responded to the intersection of West Gentry Parkway and Palace Avenue to a collision of a Smith County Sheriff’s vehicle and a GMC Sierra pickup about 6:27 a.m. Monday.
Martin said the county vehicle was operated by Joseph Jordan, 23, who was transporting two inmates identified as Alvin Odom, 32, and Shannon Wallace, 33. Jordan was traveling west on West Gentry Parkway and was entering the intersection on a green light.
The second vehicle was operated by Luis Chavez-Ibarra, 27, and was traveling east on West Gentry Parkway and also had a green light and attempted to turn left onto Palace Avenue striking the county vehicle in the intersection.
“Jordan, who is employed as a jailer, and his two passenger inmates were transported to East Texas Medical Center Hospital with minor injuries and released,” Martin said.
He added that Chavez-Ibarra refused any medical treatment and was cited for failing to a yield right-of-way left turn.