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UPDATE: Stroke may have led to wreck that snapped power pole

TYLER, TX - Traffic was shut down for about an hour Thursday morning because of a major wreck that happened around 9:30 am.

According to Tyler Police, 61-year-old Helen Robinson of Tyler possibly suffered a stroke and momentarily blacked out, losing control of her vehicle and slamming into a power pole, causing the pole and wires to dangle across the roadway.

This caused a second wreck, in which a motorcycle drove through and hit the wires that were hanging in the roadway, causing him to lose control and wreck.

Gentry Parkway was shut down, and several businesses lost electricity.

Mark Sacrey, an employee at ABF Freight, was at work when it happened.

"One of the other ladies called 911. A couple of the drivers were outside and they were already running over there, and about that time I saw the gentleman in the motorcycle hit the wire and it clotheslined him and the motorcycle went running away," he said.

Mark said he saw the driver sliding on the ground, and he and others ran to the motorcyclists side.

"Thank goodness he was wearing a helmet. There was an ambulance that was actually there. He was probably fifty feet behind us, so it was on scene immediately," he said.

According to Mark, the motorcyclist was conscious and talking as he and Mrs. Robinson were being put into ambulances.

Both ABF Freight and the Rose City Motel lost electricity as a result of the accident.  Motel owner Samir Patel stated afterward that he lost ten customers as a result of the loss of electricity in the 100+ temperatures.

Gentry Parkway was re-opened after about one hour.



Both the driver of the motorcycle and the driver of the car were transported to a Tyler hospital.

No word on the extent of their injuries at this time.

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