January 8, 2019 - A driver involved in a crash on State Highway 7 West in the Mt. Herman Community, just under seven miles from Center, was flown by helicopter to Shreveport following a major crash Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Center Fire Department and West Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the location along with EMS and law enforcement personnel.
Firemen performed the tedious task of extricating the driver from the pickup truck involved in the crash while EMS saw to his medical needs. Sheriff's Deputies and firemen stopped traffic in the highway for an inbound helicopter, while they attempted communication from the ground with the helicopter.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Taylor Buster, at 3:35pm a black 2012 GMC 1500 pickup truck driven by Eliezer Briones, 27, of Nacogdoches was westbound on State Highway 7 West.
At that time, Briones fell asleep and the truck left the roadway to the right. The GMC traveled a short distance before traveling through a fence and striking a large pine tree with its front left side.
A landing zone was established in the middle of the highway and Briones was transported by Life Air Rescue to LSU Hospital in Shreveport for treatment of unknown injuries.
Additonal information is not available at this time.