An Amarillo man was airlifted to Amarillo’s Northwest Texas Hospital Friday morning following a two-vehicle accident on SH 33 just east of CR 19 near Canadian.
Alan Wesley Layton, 33, of Amarillo, was driving a 2007 Lexus west on SH 33 around 6:15 am Thursday when he crossed over the center stripe into the path of an eastbound 2012 Kenworth truck-tractor, driven for Halliburton by Dustin Edward Bissell, 30, of Amarillo.
Layton’s vehicle struck the truck-tractor on the left side back axle, causing the Lexus to spin counter-clockwise before it came to rest in the south barditch. The contact forced the Halliburton truck into a broadside skid, before it came to rest facing north in the south barditch.
Following a lengthy extrication, Canadian Fire Department volunteers freed Layton from the crushed vehicle. He was immobilized for transport by Hemphill County EMS paramedics, and taken to the hospital in Canadian.
Due to weather conditions in Amarillo, the LifeStar helicopter was unavailable for transport. A fixed wing medical transport plane out of Liberal, Kansas, transferred Layton to Amarillo’s Northwest Texas Hospital, where he is being kept in a medically-induced sleep awaiting surgery. Bissell was uninjured in the wreck.
The cause of the wreck is unknown, though driver fatigue may have been a factor. DPS trooper Jason Musick, the investigating officer, said the investigation is ongoing pending the receipt of a toxicology report on Layton’s blood tests. At a minimum, he said, Layton will be cited for driving on the wrong side of the road not passing, and driving while his license was suspended.
Hemphill County Sheriff’s Officers also assisted at the scene.