Rhome volunteer firefighters and Wise County medics worked quickly to free three injured people trapped inside a pickup after it wrecked Thursday night near the intersection of US 81/287 and Texas 114 West.
The southbound truck went into a skid on the roadway slick with rain and oil, veered across an on-ramp and rolled into the median where it came to rest on its side, said Rhome police officer Chance Garrett.
“They had just gone under the 114 overpass when the driver lost control,” Garrett said. “It hasn’t rained for awhile and the oil on the road mixed with the heavy rain and made it very slick.”
Driver Doug Acklie, 46, of Paradise, was transported by ground ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist in Fort Worth. He lost consciousness during the extrication. The helicopter amublance, Life Team 68, could not fly due to the stormy conditions.
Passengers Kathy Acklie, 42, and Taylor Acklie, 20, were both taken to Wise Regional.
Firefighters had to pry out the front windshield to pull out the driver and passenger, and remove the back window as well to free the backseat passenger. As they were working, the vehicle was perched precariously on its side, unstable in the pouring rain, as traffic continued to blur by on the nearby highway.
“If it wasn’t for the valiant efforts of the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department working with the Wise County Medics it could have been a lot worse,” Garrett said.
The family was on their way to pick up a daughter from the airport. All three patients were in stable condition by the time they left the scene.