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Man dies in wreck

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Boyd man died Monday morning as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident earlier that day.

Toby Baker, 39, was transported via ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur following an accident about 6:40 a.m. near the intersection of Texas 114 and County Road 3241, one mile west of Paradise.

WRECK SCENE - A firefighter surveys the damage following an accident at Texas 114 and County Road 3241 near Paradise Monday morning. Toby Baker, who was driving the white Hyundai Elantra, later died at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

WRECK SCENE – A firefighter surveys the damage following an accident at Texas 114 and County Road 3241 near Paradise Monday morning. Toby Baker, who was driving the white Hyundai Elantra, later died at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Beau Bridgeman, Baker was traveling westbound on 114 when his Hyundai Elantra collided with an International truck, described by the trooper as a “pump vac” truck that sprays water on construction zones.

The truck was driven by John C. Harvey of Fort Worth, according to DPS spokesperson Lonny Haschel, and had just pulled onto 114 from CR 3241 when Baker’s car struck its passenger side. The car hit the truck’s gas tank and the steps leading up to the cab.

Bridgeman said Baker was conscious immediately following the accident. A Paradise volunteer firefighter, who was first on scene, said over the police scanner that Baker appeared to have injuries to his lower extremities and possibly his chest. Paradise Fire Department kept Baker stable until Wise County Emergency Medical Services arrived.

A helicopter was called to the scene and landed in a nearby field, but Baker was transported via ground ambulance after he went into cardiac arrest. EMS Administrator Charles Dillard told the Messenger Tuesday that there is not enough room in the helicopter to do CPR, so it was not used to transport the patient.

The highway was shut down for two hours and traffic was re-routed onto various county roads.

Trooper Haschel said Baker died at WRHS at 8:40 a.m. His service is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

The truck driver was not injured. Trooper Bridgeman said the accident remains under investigation.

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