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Rusk County crash hospitalizes senior


An East Texas senior is hospitalized after a Rusk County crash, less than a hundred yards from his home.

Sunday afternoon, 76-year-old Ken Sprague drove into oncoming traffic on Highway 259 and County Road 103 between Kilgore and Henderson.

Neighbors Terry and Terri Sipes say Sprague was just trying to drive across Highway 259 - only 150 yards - to get to his home, and simply pulled out in front of an oncoming truck.

"I was sitting on my 4 wheeler and he was just coming over here I heard the noise , I looked over and saw it happen. He never stopped he never saw her," says Terry. Terri added, "70 miles per hour is a lot with these hills because there's ups and downs and blind spots." 

The Sipes have taken care of Sprague for some time.

"We take care of him we buy his food. When he needs to go to the doctor, make sure he has a way to get to the doctor," Terry says.

Sprague had to be pried out of the car , then flown to Mother Frances hospital in Tyler.

"He had slid all the way to the passenger side of the car, it knocked him all the way across the car," Terry says.

In an amazing piece of luck, among the people who stopped to help were nurses.

"Well luckily there was three nurses here. They stopped right at the scene. They believed the guy was having a heart attack," Terri says.

DPS troopers say Sprague was not wearing a seatbelt. His condition has not been released, but the other driver was not injured.

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