JASPER COUNTY - by Steve Stewart/KJAS - A man from the Gilgal Community discovered a one car accident shortly before 7:00 on Thursday evening, which may have otherwise gone unnoticed if he didn't stop to help. Meanwhile, an elderly Jasper man is undergoing treatment for the injuries he received in the crash.
The accident occurred on West Verna Street, just outside of the Jasper city limits, where the road becomes very narrow and enters Gilgal.
Anthony Thomas, who lives in Gilgal, said that he was headed westbound on Verna when he happened to spot something silver in the woods. Thomas said he stopped and went back to take a closer look, and realized that it was a car.
Thomas said he made his way down to the car, and discovered a man was inside. The driver was 79-year-old Eldredge Craft, of Jasper. How long Craft had been there is unknown, but Thomas said he was dehydrated and disoriented, and he had lost his vision. Thomas said he tried to give Craft some bottled water, but he couldn't drink it.
The volunteers of the Jasper Fire Department worked for about 30 minutes to free Craft from his 2010 Ford Fusion, which was wedged between trees and rocks.
Craft was taken by ambulance to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment. There is no word on his condition.
It appeared that Craft's car was westbound, and left the opposite side of the road, struck a pile of rocks, and then veered down a ravine and into the woods.
Trooper Curtis Bennett of the Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the accident. Bennett said that he suspects the cause of the crash was a medical condition experienced by Craft while he was driving.