A Boyd woman was among five people injured in a four-vehicle crash on U.S. 81/287 near the Wise and Montague county line Saturday night.
The chain reaction wreck happened at 6:35 p.m. Two passenger cars were northbound on U.S. 81/287 when they apparently struck each other, according to Gary M. Rozzell, public information officer and senior trooper at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Mineral Wells. The first car, a 2012 Dodge Charger, was driven by Amanda Lee Garner, 34, of Springtown, and the second car, a Honda, was driven by Kenneth Dewayne Fuller, 45, of Lewisville.
The collision caused both cars to travel across the center median into the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287. Fuller’s vehicle struck a southbound GMC Yukon driven by Lisa Marie Hall, 27, of Boyd, causing Hall’s vehicle to spin around.
Another southbound vehicle, a Toyota 4Runner driven by Chong Kim, 27, of Irving, was traveling behind Hall. After Hall’s vehicle spun around so she was facing the wrong direction, her vehicle collided front-to-front with Kim’s vehicle. The two vehicles stayed connected and skidded to a stop on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes.
Meanwhile, Fuller’s vehicle continued northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 and came to rest on the inside shoulder and center median.
At the same time, Garner’s vehicle rolled across the southbound lanes and came to rest in a drainage ditch between the highway and the service road.
Two ambulances from Wise County EMS were dispatched to the scene along with the Alvord Volunteer Fire Department. Emergency responders from Montague County also responded. The accident happened just inside Montague County near the intersection with Texas 511 south of Sunset.
At least three helicopters were dispatched to the scene, including Air Evac Lifeteam 68 based in Decatur. Helicopters also came from Mineral Wells and Denton. At one point, two helicopters were on the ground as crews prepared to load patients while another helicopter circled above. Once one of the helicopters took flight, the third helicopter landed in the recently-vacated spot.
Fuller and Kim were flown to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Fuller was in critical condition at the time of transport, Rozzell said, but a condition was not available for Kim. Tony Fulton, public information officer and senior trooper at the DPS office in Wichita Falls, said a passenger in Kim’s vehicle, Wui Kim, 35, was also taken to Harris Methodist.
Garner was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth in critical condition. She was listed in serious condition Tuesday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Hall was taken to Bowie Memorial Hospital in serious condition. A passenger in Hall’s vehicle, Mildred Jones, 51, was not injured.
Both the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 were shut down for hours as the road was used as a landing area for the helicopters and then cleared of debris. Traffic in both directions was shifted onto the access roads.
The accident is being investigated by DPS Trooper Jack Lawson from the Bowie DPS office. Other DPS officers from Montague and Wise counties assisted at the scene.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.