December 21, 2009 at 4:28 PM CST - Updated June 20 at 1:30 PM
NORTHEAST ANGELINA COUNTY (KTRE) - A wreck on state highway 103 has claimed the life of a Lufkin man and another has been transported by helicopter to be treated for injuries.
Rescue units were called to the scene at about 10:15 a.m., near the Nacogdoches County border.
Gene Albritton of Lufkin, 44, was pinned inside of a Chevy S10 for about an hour. After rescue personnel got him out, they worked on him for a few minutes before placing a blanket over him. A justice of the peace pronounced him dead at the scene.
Albritton is the son of the owner, who has the same name, of Gene's Front End Repair in Lufkin.
According to an eyewitness, Albritton was driving westbound and was passing several cars on before hitting a car head-on.
Albritton hit David Sims, of Lufkin head-way. Sims was air-flighted to ETMC in Tyler. Officials on the scene say both drivers were wearing seat belts and both vehicle airbags were deployed.
Both sides of the road blocked traffic on a busy highway for more than an hour. Both lanes were opened around noon.
Personnel from Nacogdoches fire, Angelina County Sheriff's Office, Hazmat, the Department of Public Safety and several volunteer fire departments have responded to the scene.