2 hurt in hit-and-run

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, May 11, 2019

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Hit and Run

HIT AND RUN – First responders work the scene of a major accident that shut down both lanes of U.S. 81/287 for around an hour Thursday near Alvord. Messenger photo by Brian Knox

A hit-and-run accident south of Alvord sent two people to the hospital Thursday morning.

The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. on U.S. 81/287 in the southbound lanes at the intersection with County Road 1280.

Prior to the accident, the sheriff’s office had received several calls about two vehicles speeding and driving recklessly on U.S. 81/287 in the Alvord area.

“Preliminary investigation indicates a 2015 Dodge Charger and a Chevrolet Corvette were traveling south on U.S. 81/287 at a high rate of speed,” said Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sgt. Ricky Hunter. “The Charger crashed into a 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche and then into a trailer being towed by a Ford pickup.”

Witnesses said the driver of the Charger, which sustained extensive front-end damage, got out of the vehicle and got into the red Corvette and continued southbound.

The Avalanche ended up on its roof just off the west side of the roadway.

Two ambulances were called to the scene. The driver of the Avalanche, Harry Betts, 78, and a passenger, Chase Martin, 33, were both transported to a local hospital with undisclosed injuries, Hunter said. The driver of the Ford was not injured.

The crash shut down both lanes of U.S. 81/287 for about an hour. At one point, traffic was allowed to pass on the inside shoulder, but an 18-wheeler became stuck in the mud, leading to another shutdown until the vehicles could be removed from the roadway.

The occupants of the Corvette that left the scene had not been located as of Friday, Hunter said.

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