Drunk driving accident claims unborn child

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A suspected drunk driver is thought responsible for an accident that causes the death of an unborn child and sending five people to the hospital.

State troopers are on the lookout and need help finding the driver who fled the scene of a horrible accident. Investigators believe that two possible drunk drivers were connected to the crash that happened around 7 pm last night in Longview.

Troopers say two trucks collided on F.M. 2087, just north of the Sabine river bridge. An SUV heading southbound crossed into oncoming lanes, causing the first driver to swerve off the road and into a third vehicle.

"Swerved to avoid a head-on collision with the suburban left the roadway to the right lost control crossed over 2087 and struck the white truck" says investigating state trooper Carl Davis.

Four adults and a child were seriously injured. 29 year old Lee Ann Coons was a passenger in one vehicle. She was severely injured and also seven months pregnant.  In an operation at Good Shepherd Medical Center the baby was delivered, but the little boy did not survive. Troopers say the 60 year old driver of a northbound truck was intoxicated, but he didn't cause the accident.

"The driver of the white truck behind me says the vehicle was all over the roadway going into oncoming lanes and running off the road" says Davis.

The SUV driver, who is also suspected of being intoxicated, fled the scene.

"We have a vehicle that caused a major accident with a fatality and then left the scene," said Davis, "We do want to talk to this person."

All investigators can hope is that someone saw the driver that left.

"Terrible the circumstances that occurred, it is a very bad incident" the trooper says.

The vehicle is described as an eighties model SUV, colored blue and gray with a squared-off front end and square headlights.

The driver of the first truck has been charged with D.W.I.

Anyone with information should call the Tyler DPS office, or the Gregg County Sheriff's office.

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