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Police: Open containers, drug pipe found at scene of garbage truck wreck

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The scene of the crash on June 30 after a car struck a stopped garbage truck. (Source: Longview Police Department) The scene of the crash on June 30 after a car struck a stopped garbage truck. (Source: Longview Police Department)

A search warrant is uncovering details about the crash that sent two Longview sanitation workers to the hospital. The search warrant revealed that open containers of alcohol were found in the car that struck the garbage truck. A drug pipe was also found near the driver of the car after the crash.

On June 30, a car struck a garbage truck on Alpine Road in Longview while two workers were loading trash into the truck. The collision sent 33-year-old Dennis Montgomery and 46-year-old Darron Craig, both Longview residents, to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to the search warrant obtained by KLTV, when authorities arrived at the scene just after 3 p.m., they spoke to the driver of the truck, 20-year-old Laronn Woolridge. Woolridge told police he had stopped the truck in the outside lane while Craig and Montgomery began to load trash from the curb. Wooldridge said he saw the car, a 2007 Toyota Corolla, approach the stopped truck and then collide with it. As Woolridge left the truck, he saw that Montgomery and Craig had also been hit by the car. He said he saw the driver of the Corolla, later identified as 46-year-old Susan Skinner, also of Longview, get out of her car and lay down in the grass.

Police say Craig was lying in the street near the truck when they arrived, while Montgomery was pinned between the truck and the car. Jaws of life were used to extricate Montgomery from between the two vehicles, a scene that Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary described as "horrific."

The search warrant said that an EMS worker told police she saw what she believed to be a pipe for smoking methamphetamine underneath Skinner's side. The EMS worker took the pipe and gave it to police.

When police inspected the Corolla, they noticed the smell of alcohol coming from inside the car, the search warrant says. Officers noticed two open containers of beer in the back floorboard of the vehicle. There was also spilled liquid in the cupholder underneath a clear cup that smelled of alcohol.

Police noted that there were no skid marks on the street leading up to the accident.

When Skinner was interviewed by police in the hospital following the accident, she told officers that she had gotten off work around 3 p.m. and was driving to pick up her boyfriend and head home. She said she was very tired and had worked for many hours at a bar where she is employed. She told police she had a bottle of beer early in the day. The affidavit says Skinner said she didn't know anything about the drug pipe. She did tell police that she had taken cocaine on June 27 and Vicodin on June 29, the day before the crash. She added that she couldn't remember the wreck, but said she might have fallen asleep.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Craig had been released from the hospital. Montgomery was still in serious condition. The affidavit indicated that Montgomery would likely have to have both legs amputated because of the damage caused by the crash.

No one has been charged in the collision. The crash is still under investigation and a blood test was done on Skinner following the accident.

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