Off-road wreck proves fatal

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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A Keller man died Monday after fighting for his life from injuries sustained in an off-road wreck over the weekend in Alvord.

Chris Northcutt, 34, was pronounced dead Monday morning at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Northcutt was hunting with a friend on a family farm in Alvord early Saturday afternoon when he rolled his Jeep into a dry creek bed. The land was covered in ice, which might have caused him to lose control of the vehicle and roll into the ravine. Northcutt suffered a head injury, internal injuries and was trapped in the vehicle until firefighters arrived and freed him from the wreckage.

The accident occurred about half a mile from the nearest roadway, County Road 1370, a couple of miles south of Alvord. The location of the accident, the weather and the conditions of the roads delayed Northcutt getting to a hospital by hours.

“We had to drive out to the location and load him into the fire truck because the ambulance couldn’t get out there,” said Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn. “The helicopters weren’t flying because of the weather so he had to be transported by ground to JPS.”

Stretches of U.S. 287 in south Wise County were completely clogged with 18-wheelers, cars and trucks stuck on the ice. It took medics several hours to get to the Fort Worth hospital.

Northcutt was married with two young children, ages 5 and 6. He was also the co-founder and co-owner of an auto repair business in Fort Worth.

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