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Truck hits SUV, 1 dies

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A grinding collision on U.S. 287 just north of Alvord claimed the life of a man just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

ROLLED - An 18-wheeler came to rest on its side Tuesday afternoon after colliding with a gray Chevy SUV on U.S. 287 north of Alvord. The truck driver  was not injured, but the SUV's driver died at the scene. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

ROLLED – An 18-wheeler came to rest on its side Tuesday afternoon after colliding with a gray Chevy SUV on U.S. 287 north of Alvord. The truck driver was not injured, but the SUV’s driver died at the scene. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

According to DPS Trooper Shawn Younger, a 2011 Chevy HHR was apparently northbound on U.S. 287 and attempted to turn left onto CR 1596 when the driver pulled out of the crossover, directly into the path of a southbound 18-wheel tractor-trailer.

The truck, which was carrying a load of coal from Borger to Houston, began braking before the impact, but was unable to avoid the collision.

“Accidents happen so fast,” said truck driver Jos Garcia of Houston. “I guess I turned over when I hit him.”

The truck hit the car broadside on the passenger side, then the two vehicles skidded together for about 100 yards until the car veered off to the right and the truck turned over on its passenger side in the right-hand lane of southbound 287.

A witness, Roland Martinez of Houston, was southbound behind a UPS double-truck and did not see the HHV.

“I saw the truck veer, but I didn’t realize he had hit the car,” Martinez said. “I didn’t see the car until I stopped.”

Martinez reported the accident to Wise County dispatch at 4:19 p.m.

The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays. His identity was not released pending notification of the family. Garcia was not injured, although he was attended to by Wise County EMS.

Alvord Fire Department units also responded to the accident, which backed southbound traffic up for several miles.

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