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COMMUTER'S NIGHTMARE - A two-vehicle collision shut down traffic on southbound U.S. 81/287 in Alvord Thursday morning.

Two people were injured, including one critically, in an early morning wreck Thursday, shutting down part of U.S. 81/287 in Alvord for commuters.

According to Trooper Adolfo Patterson, a minivan driven by Richard Gorman, 82, of New Mexico, pulled out of the Navigator Truck Stop on U.S. 81/287 colliding with a southbound truck driven by Tammie Crittenden, 40, of Alvord.

Crittenden attempted to avoid the accident by moving from the innermost lane to the passing lane. However, Patterson said instead of merging into traffic, the van pulled straight across the highway.

Gorman suffered serious injuries and was transported by AirEvac to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His passenger, Alice Valdez, 72, also of New Mexico was taken by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. As of Friday, Gorman was in critical condition while Valdez had been released. Crittenden was not injured.

The accident occurred around 8 a.m. and shut down U.S. 81/287 for a half hour.

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