Woman narrowly avoids injury

By Jimmy Alford | Published Saturday, June 8, 2013

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A Newark woman escaped injury Friday morning after hitting an 18-wheeler on U.S. 287 right at the Rhome city limits.

Michele Hodges left her Chisholm Springs home heading to work, but didn’t get far. At the U.S. 287 and FM 4843 intersection she turned, but didn’t see a northbound rock hauler.

CRASH COURSE – Michele Hodges sits in her white Honda Accord while emergency responders take down her information Friday morning following her Collision with a rock hauler on U.S. 287 near Rhome. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Hodges’ white Honda hit the rear half of the semi’s trailer and was spun around into a nearby ditch.

“There wasn’t anything the semi truck driver could do,” said Greg Hair, Department of Public Safety Trooper.

Luckily for Hodges, the closest thing to injury she sustained was a spilled protein shake. No other injuries were reported.

Also on scene were Rhome emergency responders, Rhome Police Chief James Rose and a Sheriff’s deputy.

Rose said that particular intersection can be dangerous for drivers, as both north and southbound traffic crests hills while cross traffic from FM 4843 flows onto the highway.

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