by Emily Waldrep
A Colmesneil man was transported by helicopter to a Houston area hospital on August 13, after he wrecked his vehicle into a culvert. Members of the Woodville Police Department were dispatched to the single vehicle accident near the 1400 block of West Bluff Street at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Monday, where they discovered a 1992 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup truck had left the highway and crashed into a large culvert.
According to witnesses and police reports, the vehicle driven by Arnold Topham, age 74, of Colmesneil, was traveling east on West Bluff Street into Woodville when it appeared to drift over both oncoming lanes of traffic. The vehicle then continued to travel down the westbound shoulder of the highway, where it ran off the road and struck several small trees and a road sign. The small truck traveled approximately 400 feet before striking a large culvert and coming to a stop in a deep ditch.
Texas Department of Public Safety, Tyler County Sheriff's Department, Dogwood EMS and the Woodville Fire Department JAWS team all responded to the scene of the accident. Topham was trapped inside of the vehicle, and had to be freed with the Jaws of Life.
After assessing Topham's injuries, Dogwood EMS requested Air Rescue to assist and transport Topham to a Houston hospital to receive treatment.
The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.
Mr. Topham is currently listed in stable condition after suffering several broken bones and lacerations. The Topham family would like to thank everyone in the community for their concerns and prayers.