GILMER — A 26-year-old Longview man was listed in critical condition in a Tyler hospital Monday after he and a woman were injured in a one-car accident on U.S. 271 north of Gilmer Sunday night.
Ms. Campbell was taken to ETMC-Gilmer with non life-threatening injuries, and it was unclear Sunday night whether she would be hospitalized, Love said. She was wearing a safety belt, but Fears was not; however, Fears was not ejected from the car, Love said.
The trooper also said he was not “at liberty” to say why Ms. Campbell hit the brakes because investigation into the crash was ongoing.
Love did say that the driver of a southbound 18-wheeler truck told him he saw the car tumbling, and that he “hit the ditch” to avoid a collision. However, the rig was not wrecked, Love said.
Love said he was alerted to the crash 1.8 miles north of Gilmer in Upshur County at 9:20 p.m. The vehicle, which came to rest right side up and facing south, sustained a bent top and shattered windshield.
Ms. Campbell, who is Fears's girl friend, had just clocked out only about 10 minutes earlier from her job as a nurse's aide at Upshur Manor, a Gilmer nursing home, Love said.