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One killed, two hurt in Goodrich rollover

MEDICAL EVACUATION -- A medical helicopter lifts off with two patients bound for Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston following a one-vehicle accident Sunday in Goodrich. A passenger in the car, Esperanza Ramirez, 71, of Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene. (ENTERPRISE PHOTO BY ALBERT TREVINO)MEDICAL EVACUATION -- A medical helicopter lifts off with two patients bound for Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston following a one-vehicle accident Sunday in Goodrich. A passenger in the car, Esperanza Ramirez, 71, of Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene. (ENTERPRISE PHOTO BY ALBERT TREVINO)

GOODRICH – A 71-year-old woman died and two others were flown to Houston following a rollover accident that occurred Sunday afternoon on U.S. 59 in Goodrich.

Esperanza Ramirez of Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene after a white 2003 Chevy Suburban rolled over while going northbound on U.S. 59 near the south end of Loop 393. Two others, including the driver, were transported by helicopter to Houston with serious injuries.

According to reports, Alberto Martinez, 47, of Goodrich was driving the Chevy SUV north on the inside lane of U.S. 59. He reportedly drove off the road to the left, then over-corrected right and left again, entering the center median and rolling across the southbound lanes.

The SUV came to a stop, flipped over in the grass along the right side of U.S. 59 South. No other vehicles were involved in Sunday’s accident.
First responders were dispatched to the scene, including Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and local EMS units. Law enforcement with the Texas Highway Patrol and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office blocked all southbound traffic during their investigation and cleanup.

A landing zone was set up on the southbound lanes for a Life Flight helicopter to transport Martinez, along with a 17-year-old passenger identified as Gabriel Garcia, to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Ramirez, pronounced dead, was taken from the scene by Cochran Funeral Home.

The accident remains under the investigation of Texas Highway Patrol.