Pilots of plane that made emergency landing on I-35 identified
GAINESVILLE, Texas (KXII) - The pilots of the plane that had to make an emergency landing on Interstate 35 in Gainesville Tuesday night have been identified.
Ivan Martinez from Tucson, AZ was flying a 1969 Cessna 150 single engine plane over Gainesville when the engine started to fail.
That’s when the passenger, Sergio Guardado, who is from Irving, TX took control. Guardado flew the plane under the US 82 bridge before landing in the southbound lanes of I-35.
“They were going to stop at the airport over in Gainesville and refuel when they had the engine failure,” said Texas Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Tackett.
Tackett said Guardado was the more experienced pilot.
While the plane was grounded a semi truck headed southbound hit the left wing on the plane. Nobody was hurt following the crash and The F-A-A and National Transportation Safety Board are now investigating the crash.
A couple hours later while the plane was grounded and DPS and Gainesville Police were on scene, a black pick-up headed south on I-35 drove past a road block and hit a Gainesville police car. The impact pushed the police car into a DPS Patrol car nearby.
The driver of the truck was 24-year-old Jose Sanroman IV. Sanroman then drove into the cable barrier on the highway. Sanroman was arrested and booked into the Cooke County Jail for driving while intoxicated.
No one was injured in that crash
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