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Yoakum man dies in armored van wreck

By Sonny Long
June 18, 2010 at 1:18 a.m.

Quarters are scattered along the roadway after a Triple D Security Armored Services van crashed on U.S. Highway 59 near Edna on Friday.

EDNA - A 24-year-old Yoakum man died Friday morning when a Triple D Security Armored Service van wrecked on U.S. Highway 59 near Edna.

Ray Wauson, a passenger in the van, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Gerald Bryant.

The van's driver, Jim Hopping, was taken by helicopter to University Medical Center in San Antonio. He was listed in stable condition, said a hospital spokesperson.

The van was northbound about a half mile south of Edna when the right rear tire blew out, Bryant said. The van crossed the median, flipped several times and ended up in the southbound lane.

Trooper Evan Nazareno, who is investigating the crash, said he could not determine at the scene whether the men wore seatbelts.

Wauson went to work for Triple D Security less than a month ago, on May 24, according to Department of Public Safety Private Security Bureau records. He was trained as a commissioned security officer.

Triple D Security, based in Victoria, has been in business since 1984, according to state records. Hopping has worked with Triple D Security since 2001.

Triple D spokespeople declined to comment.

Southbound traffic was rerouted along the frontage road for about a half mile for more than three hours.

Clean-up crews not only had to gather wreck debris, but hundreds of quarters along the roadway and in the grass.

In addition to the state troopers, personnel from several other agencies helped with the cleanup and traffic control. Those agencies include the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Edna Police Department, Edna Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County Constable's Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden and Edna Public Works Department.

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