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2 vehicles, pedestrian involved in wreck

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, April 5, 2014

Three people were taken to the hospital after back-to-back wrecks in Bridgeport Thursday morning.

Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton said Jesus Hernandez-Hernandez, 25, of Fort Worth was westbound on U.S. 380 in a 2002 Ford van around 6:15 a.m. when, for an unknown reason, he ran off the road to the right.

Working in the Rain

WORKING IN THE RAIN – Although weather is not believed to be a factor in Thursday’s wreck, rain made for a soggy clean up at the scene on U.S. 380 west of Bridgeport. Three people were taken to hospitals for injuries. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The van skidded, then rolled at least twice and finally came to rest upright, back in the westbound lane near Farm Road 1658 West.

An eastbound vehicle driven by Apolinar Tovar, 33, of Bridgeport stopped to check on Hernandez-Hernandez and his two passengers, who were all still inside the van.

While Tovar was standing next to the van, a westbound 1994 Chevy pickup driven by Rojelio Lopez-Hernandez, 26, of Bridgeport struck the van from behind.

Tovar sustained a broken leg and was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. The drivers of both vehicles were taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, since a helicopter could not respond due to weather. Singleton said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The two passengers in the van were not injured. Singleton said all of the vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts.

Although the rain was pouring as officers and emergency responders worked the accident, the wreck occurred just before any storms hit the area.

U.S. 380 was shut down for nearly two hours as the wreckage was cleared.

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