One killed, DPS Trooper narrowly escaped drunk driving crash, DPS said

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BIG SPRING, Texas — One person died and a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper narrowly escaped injury in a drunk driving crash, according to a crash summary from the DPS.

DPS on Wednesday said John E. Lyons, 66, of Big Spring was parked behind a DPS unit. Lyons was standing on the shoulder of the roadway on Tuesday morning at about 8:30. The location was FM 700 at mile post 314, in Big Spring. A Trooper was standing next to his patrol vehicle.

DPS said the driver of a car, Lindsay S. Woods, 34, of Big Spring, crashed her vehicle into Lyon’s vehicle and the Trooper’s vehicle.

“The trooper was able to jump in his patrol vehicle and escape injury,” DPS said. “The driver of vehicle 1 [Woods] was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.”

Lyons was pronounced dead at the scene. Conditions were dry and clear at the time of the crash, DPS said. The posted speed limit in the area is 45 miles per hour, DPS said.

Special note: DPS updated the location after this story was first published. The story has been changed to match the DPS update.

CLARIFICATION AND CORRECTION: To clarify, Lyons was pulled over and parked. He was not pulled over in a traffic stop. To correct our initial report, the Trooper was standing next to his patrol unit while Lyons was standing on the shoulder of the roadway. They were several feed apart.

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