2 remain hospitalized after collision

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, December 14, 2013

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Both victims of a head-on collision that occurred in Rhome earlier this week remain hospitalized.

Powerful Impact

POWERFUL IMPACT – A head-on collision Tuesday afternoon in Rhome left two victims hospitalized with serious injuries. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

On Friday afternoon Sherry Lee, 47, of Boyd was listed in fair condition. She was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth from the scene of the wreck, which occurred just after 2 p.m. Tuesday on Texas 114, west of the Love’s Travel Stop.

The status of the other driver involved, Joseph Hake, 31, of Paradise, was not available. But a spokesperson for JPS said he was in surgery Friday afternoon. He was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital from the accident scene Tuesday.

Investigators said Hake was westbound on 114 in a gold car when, for unknown reasons, his car veered across the center divider, striking Lee’s pickup head-on. The impact caused the pickup to spin into a ditch on the south side of the road.

There was only one occupant in each vehicle.

Rhome, Boyd and Newark fire departments, along with Rhome Police Department, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers, responded.

The highway was shut down in both directions for several hours to land the helicopter and clear the scene.

Hake was seriously injured in a fiery wreck last year. In September 2012, he sustained third-degree burns and several broken bones in a one-vehicle wreck south of Paradise.

Rescue Efforts

RESCUE EFFORTS – Emergency responders work to pull a victim from a vehicle that wound up in a ditch after a head-on collision on Texas 114 West in Rhome Tuesday afternoon. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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