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Poor visibility possibly played role in wreck

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Two people were injured in a wreck Tuesday morning near a construction site on Farm Road 51 between Paradise and Boyd.

The two-vehicle wreck occurred just before 9 at the intersection of FM 51 and FM 2123, just south of the ongoing construction at FM 51 South and Texas 114.

LOW VISIBILITY - Limited visibility due to a line of 18-wheelers parked alongside the road might have caused two SUVs to collide at the intersection of Farm Roads 51 and 2123 Tuesday morning. Both drivers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

LOW VISIBILITY – Limited visibility due to a line of 18-wheelers parked alongside the road might have caused two SUVs to collide at the intersection of Farm Roads 51 and 2123 Tuesday morning. Both drivers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Larry D. Banks, 74, of Paradise, was at the stop sign on FM 2123 when he pulled out in front of southbound sport utility vehicle on FM 51 driven by Peggy J. Rogers, 48, of Sunset.

Banks told the investigating state trooper that he was unable to see the oncoming vehicle when he pulled out due to a line of 18-wheelers carrying equipment for the project, parked on the shoulder of the southbound lane.

Department of Public Safety State Trooper Matthew Garcia said he had not issued any citations yet, and the wreck requires further investigation.

Both drivers were transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Banks reported trouble breathing, and Rogers might have suffered a neck injury.

Traffic was closed down in both directions for nearly a half-hour as emergency responders sorted the wreckage littering the middle of the highway.

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