Seizure causes Decatur wreck

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Decatur Police investigators believe the driver in a one-vehicle accident Monday night had a seizure before his pickup slammed into a retaining wall underneath U.S. 81/287.

Monday Wreck

MONDAY WRECK – Tony Gildon was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for injuries sustained in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Tony Gildon, 34, was transported from the scene to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur and then flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Tuesday morning, family members said the Decatur man was in stable condition. One of his legs is broken in two places.

Officials believe Gildon, who is a manager at Catfish Oharlies, was on his way home when the accident occurred.

Sgt. Keith Flake said Gildon took the exit off of U.S. 81/287 near McDonald’s around 10 p.m. and turned left onto Washburn Street. It appears he then veered to the right, jumped the curb and slammed into the cement wall at the turnaround across the street from CVS Pharmacy.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Decatur police and fire departments, as well as Wise County medics, were called to the scene.

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