Double fatality in accident on U.S. 81/287


Two died in a two-vehicle accident just north of Rhome on U.S. 81/287 around 5 a.m.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening said the wreck was caused by a wrong-way driver. A white female driving a white sedan southbound in the northbound lanes hit a red sedan traveling northbound with two Hispanic males inside.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was flown via helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. No identities have been released at this time.

Bening said alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

Rhome police and fire departments, Decatur Fire Department, Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Wise County Sheriffs Office and DPS responded.

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2 injured in rear-end wreck


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A driver and passenger were injured in a rear-end wreck on U.S. 380 east of Decatur around 9 a.m. Friday.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said a westbound Ford F-150 pickup driven by Arony R. Flores Archaga, 26, of Honduras, ran into the back end of an 18-wheeler driven by Juan Jose Barrios, 32, of Decatur. Elliott said Barrios told him he saw the pickup approaching quickly from behind before the impact. The pickup became stuck under the 18-wheeler’s trailer and was dragged about 100 yards.

Elliott said Archaga jumped from the truck while it was being dragged. His passenger, who was not identified, remained in the vehicle until it came to rest in the shoulder.

Elliott said both Archaga and his passenger were taken via Wise County EMS ambulances to area hospitals. Barrios was uninjured in the wreck.

Wise County EMS and Decatur Fire Department responded to the scene. Westbound traffic was briefly shut down as crews worked to clear the scene.

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Breaking news: Multiple injuries from Decatur wreck


IMG_6708A woman who had just arrived from Pakistan and her son were flown to Fort Worth hospitals after a two-vehicle crash on Business U.S. 380 at Deer Park in Decatur Monday evening.
Nasreen Usmani, 50, was flown from Wise Health System to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth in critical condition. Her son, Muhammad Usmani, 25, of Lubbock, was flown by CareFlite from the Wise Health System helipad to Texas Health Harris Methodist in Fort Worth. He was also in critical condition.
The Usmanis were passengers in Dodge Caravan being driven by Neha Sawant, 31, of Lubbock.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the minivan was headed north on Deer Park and ran the stop sign at Business U.S. 380 and was struck in the passenger side by a Ford Excursion being driven by Sean Hollis, 30, of Jacksboro. Both vehicles came to rest off the roadway.
Hollis’ vehicle had three passengers — Elizabeth, 27; Riley, 6; and Kenzie, 2. All were taken to Wise Health System by private transportation.
Sawant was transported to Wise Health System by ambulance.
The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m.

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Breaking News: Fire destroys Decatur home


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Fire tore through a house at 405 East Walker Street in Decatur Saturday afternoon.
In the searing heat, firefighters from Decatur, Bridgeport, Paradise and Greenwood battled the intense flames for several hours, starting shortly after noon.
“We’ll be doing overhaul a while in the heat,” warned Decatur Fire Deputy Chief of Prevention Deroy Bennett.
Two at a time, firefighters from the four departments rotated in and out battling the blaze and getting rehab. Temperatures were in the high 90s with a heat index approaching 100 by early afternoon.
“We’re trying to keep them as fresh as we can,” Bennett said. “It’s hard when it’s 100.”
When firefighters arrived approximately at 12:15 p.m., heavy black smoke was billowing out of the house along with flames.
“There was so much fire when they got on scene they had to make an exterior attack and try to knock it down,” Bennett said.
Neighbor Angela Smith dialed 911 after seeing flames shoot into the branches of a tree at the rear of the house.
“When I looked out the window, the tree was fully engulfed,” Smith said. “I immediately called 911. While I was on with 911, I heard a popping sound.”
Resident Renee Thrasher was home at the time of the fire and got out safely before firefighters arrived.
The cause of the fire was unknown at this time. Bennett said it may be Sunday before an investigation could begin. He said it did appear the fire started on the back side of the house.

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Home destroyed in early morning fire


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A home at 201 Lone Trail outside Rhome was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.

Rhome, East Wise and Decatur fire departments were called to the scene about 2 a.m. When the first firefighters arrived, the back porch was on fire, and it quickly spread to the kitchen and roof .

Occupants of the house escaped, but some pets remained in the home as first responders arrived. At least one cat was rescued.

Wise County medics were also called to the address.

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1 injured in wreck


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One man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord around 3:20 Wednesday afternoon.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Adolfo Patterson said a northbound 2007 Ford pickup driven by Rodney Joe Lane, 52, of Alvord attempted to pass another vehicle driving in the left lane near the Navigator Truck Stop. Lane’s pickup hydroplaned due to rainy conditions and slid sideways across the roadway and the median, entering the southbound lanes, where it was struck from behind by a Hyundai passenger car driven by a 27-year-old male. The driver’s name has been withheld pending an update on his condition.

Patterson said the passenger car became wedged under the pickup. Emergency crews had to tow the car back and remove its roof to extricate the driver. Lane was uninjured.

The driver was transported to an area hospital with severe injuries.

Traffic remained backed up for more than an hour as crews from Wise County EMS and Alvord Fire Department cleared the scene.

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Wreck victims identified


The Department of Public Safety has released the names of the two victims killed in the early Sunday morning crash south of Decatur. DPS Trooper William Wallace said a southbound pickup driven by Shawn Brown, 18, of Springtown crossed into the northbound lane and struck a vehicle driven by Justin Buchanan, 32, of Decatur on Farm Road 51 a few miles south of Decatur. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened around 2 a.m.

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2 killed in head-on collision


Two people were killed early Sunday morning in a head-on wreck on Farm Road 51 a few miles south of Decatur. According to Department of Public Safety troopers at the scene, a southbound vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and struck a northbound vehicle. One of the vehicles burst into flames. The drivers of both vehicles died at the scene. Their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, but the officers said both men are Wise County residents. The accident happened around 2 a.m. The road is expected to remain shut down for several hours.

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Deputy injured in pursuit


A Wise County Sheriff’s Deputy was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur with a head injury following a pursuit of a suspected vehicle thief Saturday evening. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a deputy and a sergeant were following a man in a stolen pickup when the man attempted to evade the officers. The chase, which started on Farm Road 2123, went through rural areas of the county near Boonsville. Akin said at one point, the driver, identified as Brandon Long, 28, of Wise County, backed into the deputy’s patrol car a couple of times. The deputy fired his weapon at the pickup, but no one was hit. Long eventually left the roadway and drove through a pasture and then nose dived into a ravine. He and a female passenger fled on foot, but officers pursued them and arrested both of them. The deputy sustained a laceration to the back of his head, which required a few stitches, the sheriff said. Long was also taken to the hospital complaining of shoulder pain. Because an officer fired a weapon, Akin said a Texas Ranger was called to investigate the incident. More information will be posted as it is available.

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3 hurt in chain reaction wreck


Three people, including a child, were taken to the hospital following a four-vehicle wreck around 4:30 Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Farm Road 51 and Preskitt Road. Decatur Police Officer Matthew Roberts said three cars were stopped waiting to turn from the northbound turn lane of FM 51 onto Preskitt when an SUV slammed into the back of the third car, causing it to hit the second car in the row, which hit the first car in the row. The driver of the vehicle that started the collision was taken to Wise Health System and flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. An adult passenger and child passenger in the second vehicle were also injured, with the adult transported to Wise Health System and the child taken to Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. No other injuries were reported in the last two cars.

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City has enough signatures for alcohol vote


The Wise County Elections Office on Friday verified that 439 valid signatures were collected on a petition calling for an election for the sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages in the Decatur city limits. That’s more than the 358 signatures that were required in order for the Decatur City Council to call an election for Nov. 8. The city must wait 30 days to call the election, meaning the election should be called at the Aug. 22 meeting.

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Boy struck by vehicle


 

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A Greenwood boy was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle on Farm Road 1204 near Greenwood Baptist Church Wednesday evening.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Adolfo Patterson said the boy, 10, was riding bicycles with his sister just after 8 p.m. when he pulled out into the road directly in front of a southbound Jeep SUV driven by a 16-year-old girl.

The boy’s name has been withheld, pending further information on his condition. He was transported via ground ambulance to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.

Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

 

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Breaking News: 1 flown from fiery crash


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A fiery crash on Farm Road 2264 Saturday evening sent a man to a Fort Worth hospital via medical helicopter.wreck-pic
Cruz Perez, 32, of Decatur, was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital from the scene with unknown injuries.
Perez was traveling southbound on FM 2264 south of Decatur shortly after 7 p.m. when he lost control of his white Pontiac car just west of County Road 4421, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening.
“For an unknown reason he lost control, left the roadway and slid into the creek after hitting a tree,” Bening said. “It rolled after hitting the tree.”
The vehicle landed on its top in the creek bed and caught fire.
Bening said a water truck from an oil company stopped and bystanders used water from tanker to extinguish the fire.
“They probably saved the guy’s life,” Bening said.
The accident closed FM 2264 until a little after 8 p.m.

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4 departments battle early morning blaze


Four fire departments battled a 4 am house fire Tuesday in Chico.

Terry Anderson, who was remodeling the home at 107 S. Flower Lane, was asleep when the fire started. His dog, Bob, alerted him to the emergency.

“I was napping in the front bedroom, and his barking and the smoke woke me up,” Anderson said. “I looked down the hallway and saw the kitchen in flames.”

Anderson and Bob escaped without injury. The home is owned by Jerry Fitzgerald, and Anderson was remodeling it for him. Anderson lives in Flatwood but stays there occasionally when he’s working.

Fitzgerald said he has builder’s insurance on the structure.

Chico, Crafton, Bridgeport and Sand Flat fire departments were called to the scene. Wise County medics arrived to treat Anderson, who was starting to feel ill.

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3 injured in wreck


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Three people were injured in a two vehicle wreck on Farm Road 51 North at the U.S. 380 overpass just before noon Friday.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said an eastbound Toyota passenger car driven by Candice Becker, 17, exited the highway and ran the stop sign at 51 where it was struck broadside by a southbound Dodge pickup driven by Caroline Cowdrey.

Hoskins said Becker and two passengers, Penny Becker, 54, and Landon Murphy, 9, all of Azle, were seriously injured in the wreck. Candice and Penny Becker were flown by AirEvac Lifeteam 68 and CareFlite 6 helicopters to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Murphy was flown by PHI Medic 8 to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Cowdrey was uninjured.

The car rolled off the roadway, coming to rest against several trees on the southeast side of the intersection. Emergency crews worked to free the three occupants.

Decatur Fire Department, Decatur Police Department, Wise County EMS and the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the scene.

 

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Fire destroys mobile home


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A large fire destroyed a mobile home on Quail Chase Lane Tuesday afternoon, scorching the grass around the structure and catching at least one other small structure and a car in the blaze.

Several neighbors at the scene each reported calling 911 several times between 2 and 2:15 p.m., placing the fire’s start some time before.

Home owner Tommy Garrett wasn’t on his property at the time of the fire, but witnesses said bystanders rescued a dog from the home and released horses fenced nearby.

Initial responders arrived to a fully involved structure and grass fire extending to the property’s fence line along the road. The fire also destroyed one storage shed and appeared the threaten another. At least three vehicles on the property were caught in the blaze and firefighters worked from the back of a brush truck to douse a burning car.

Greenwood-Slidell and Decatur Fire Departments and Wise County EMS was on scene with several tankers. Krum Fire Department responded in mutual aid. An investigator from the Wise County Fire Marshall’s office was called.

 

 

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Fire levels mobile home


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A fire destroyed a single wide mobile home in the 1200 block of County Road 2750 Saturday night.

Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said initial responders reported the structure as fully involved upon arrival just after 10 p.m..

Hahn said the home was occupied by one man. No one was injured in the blaze.

Alvord, Decatur, Greenwood-Slidell and Wise County EMS had crews on scene.

More information will be posted as it’s made available.

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Decatur wreck sends 1 to hospital


The driver of an SUV was seriously injured in a two vehicle accident Tuesday night shortly after 10. Although few details are available, the wreck happened at the intersection of South Trenchard Street and U.S. 81/287 in front of Allsups in Decatur. The wreck appeared to be between the SUV and a semi truck. The SUV driver was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Health System and flown to a Metroplex hospital. Northbound traffic on U.S. 81/287 was briefly diverted on Trenchard Street until one northbound lane was opened while the wreck scene was cleared.

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1 hurt in Paradise wreck


A motorcycle operator was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Department of Public Safety Trooper Fred Thornton said the motorcycle operator, who was not identified, was northbound on County Road 3253 in Paradise when he went around a corner without yielding half the roadway and struck a southbound pickup truck head-on. The motorcycle operator was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The pickup driver was not injured.

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Mobile home in Cottondale burns


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A fire in a mobile home just off School House Road north of County Road 3480 near Cottondale produced a tall column of white smoke visible from Decatur Monday afternoon.

Cottondale Fire Chief Jason Walker said crews arrived around 6 p.m. to find the structure fully involved, with flames visible through the roof and smoke streaming out of windows.

Wise County EMS was on scene and treated and released at least one firefighter for heat-related exhaustion. Walker said no property owners were on scene.

Boyd and Paradise also responded to the scene. More information will be posted as it’s made available.

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