Rain-slick roads prove hazardous

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Two men were injured Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover in Rhome, just as showers slid into Wise County.

Christopher Ford of Marshall was driving a pickup south on U.S. 81/287 between 1 and 1:15 p.m. He took the Texas 114 exit in Rhome, heading east, but lost control of his vehicle, according to Rhome Police Sgt. Thomas Pennington.

2 INJURED – Christopher Ford of Marshall and Johnny Andrade of Lynwood, Calif., were injured in a rollover near Rhome Saturday afternoon. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

The pickup rolled into the grass on the north side of the roadway and landed upright. Ford and his passenger, Johnny Andrade of Lynwood, Calif., suffered minor injuries, said Rhome Fire Chief Robert Pratt, but both were taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Andrade was treated and released, but Ford was still in the hospital Tuesday morning, listed in serious condition.

Also responding to the scene were Rescue 1, a Wise County sheriff’s deputy and a state trooper.

Almost exactly an hour later, an 18-wheeler jackknifed in the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 in Decatur, near the U.S. 380 exit. No injuries were reported, but the northbound lanes were temporarily shut down.

Traffic was diverted east onto Wichita Street where drivers could pick up Business 287 and continue north.

One Response to “Rain-slick roads prove hazardous”

  1. There is something wrong with that area on 287 by Karl Klement Dodge. There have been too many trucks lose control there.


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