Missing women found in Grasslands


Two women who got lost Saturday night in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands were located just before 9 Sunday morning.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Deborah Maxon and Kathy Erickson rode horses from Maxon’s home nearby to the equestrian trails in the Grasslands around 6 p.m. Saturday. Akin said family members notified authorities around 10:30 Saturday night when the two did not return home.

“They’d gotten turned around in there after dark,” Akin said.

Emergency crews, including Alvord Fire Department, Wise County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Texas Game Warden, searched the area until storms moved in around 2 a.m.  Firefighters stationed overnight at the TADRA Point trailhead southwest of Cottonwood Lake and resumed searching at first light.

Akin said Erickson was able to ride out and meet members of the search party on a trail about one mile south of the trailhead Sunday morning. Medics were called to their location and transported Maxon to Wise Health System in Decatur for symptoms of dehydration.

The LBJ National Grasslands consists of more than 20,250 acres of land and includes nearly 75 miles of multi-use trails.

 

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Man killed in one-vehicle crash near Alvord


One man was killed and another injured in an one-vehicle crash on County Road 2690 northeast of Alvord Thursday evening.

The driver of the Chevrolet truck, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, died at the scene. The passenger, Joshua Nechtman, 30, of Alvord, was flown by Air Evac to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

The truck was traveling westbound on CR 2690 around 6 p.m. when it veered off the left side of the road, striking a tree head on just a few hundred yards west of County Road 2685.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said there were no skid marks on the road to indicate braking. He also found no signs of mechanical failure.

Wise County medics and Alvord firefighters assisted at the scene.

The accident was the second fatality accident in Wise County Thursday. A man was also killed in a single-vehicle wreck in the 300 block of County Road 4793 southwest of Boyd.

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Man killed in wreck


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One man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck in the 300 block of County Road 4793  around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremy Pope said a 2008 Chevrolet Suburban was southbound on County Road 4793 when it drifted off the east side of the roadway into the ditch for unknown reasons. The SUV continued traveling for roughly 50 yards before striking a tree in a low area and rolling on to its right side.

A neighbor reported hearing a vehicle’s suspension bottom out around the time of the wreck and a visible trail of debris followed its path.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays pronounced the driver dead at the scene. There were no passengers.

Boyd Fire Department responded to the scene.

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Car runs into wall at Bridgeport Library


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An older model Cadillac driven by Crystal Rose Brewer, 32, of Bridgeport smashed into the wall that previously screened a trash container at the library, narrowly missing the building and several trees.

Brewer and two children, a 5-month-old and 3-year-old, escaped injury.

Brewer was traveling eastbound on U.S. 380 when a flatbed truck driven by Alfred Williamson, 70, of Runaway Bay pulled out in front of her at the 9th Street intersection.

“He said he saw an 18-wheeler and zipped across. Because the car was next to the 18-wheeler he never saw it,” said Bridgeport officer Lee Snodgrass. “As he shot across, the Cadillac hit him broadside. The truck went 100 feet into the median. The impact sent the car at a 45-degree angle through the stop sign and into the wall.”

Snodgrass said Williamson, who was also uninjured, was at fault.

Bridgeport firefighters and Wise County medics responded to the accident that occurred shortly before 9 a.m.

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Rollover seriously injures man


A Paradise man was flown from the scene of a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon near Lake Bridgeport. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeff Johnson said Douglas Freeman, 61, was northbound on Farm Road 2952 about a mile north of Farm Road 1658 just before 4 when he drove off the edge of the roadway, overcorrected, went into a skid across the southbound lane of FM 2952 and rolled twice. A helicopter flew Freeman from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Johnson said it appears Freeman was traveling at an unsafe speed, and the crash remains under investigation to see if alcohol was a factor.

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1 killed in wreck


One person was killed around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in a two-vehicle collision south of Rhome. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said a silver passenger car was westbound on County Road 4840 when the driver stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with U.S. 81/287. The driver then pulled out across the northbound lanes of the highway and was struck by a northbound 18-wheeler. The driver of the car died at the scene while the driver and passenger in the truck were not injured.

UPDATE: DPS has identified the person killed in the wreck as Jeffrey G. Wood, 35, of Arlington. An autopsy and toxicology have been ordered, according to Elliott. The driver of the 18-wheeler was Cecil Pryor of Temple and the passenger was Paul Luman.

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1 injured in 18-wheeler crash


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One man was seriously injured just before 2 a.m. Thursday when his 18-wheeler hit another truck on Farm Road 1810 between Decatur and Chico.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremy Pope had not released the names of the drivers involved as of 3:30 a.m., but he said the injured driver was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The second driver was not injured.

According to Pope, a truck hauling salt water was traveling west on FM 1810 just west of the Big Sandy bridge when the driver “straightened out the curve,” veering into the eastbound lane. An oncoming rock truck took evasive action. Despite the driver’s effort to avoid impact, the two trucks hit, and the rock truck went into a side spin, jackknifed and overturned its trailer, spilling gravel into the roadway. The rock truck driver was not injured. The driver of the water hauler was flown to JPS.

The road remained shut down at 3:30 a.m. More information will be posted as it’s available.

 

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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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