Man killed in wreck


An Alvord man was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 about three miles north of Decatur Thursday afternoon.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Lantz Elliot said a Chevrolet Camaro driven by Robert D. Shepherd, 53, was northbound at about 6:15 when he attempted to pass a black Ford SUV occupied by two people. Elliot said Shepherd failed to give the SUV enough room when passing, striking its front left fender with the back of his car. The collision triggered a chain of events, in which Shepherd’s Camaro left the roadway at an angle, entering the east side shoulder and sliding down sideways. Elliot said speed may have played a factor in the wreck.

“It shot him off the road,” Elliot said. “The gradient in the shoulder made him slide sideways.”

The car struck a tree and flipped into a creek bottom. Shepherd was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor. The SUV’s occupants were uninjured.

Decatur Fire Department, Wise County EMS and Wise County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

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Wreck victim identified


Texas Department of Public Safety investigators Wednesday released the name of the driver involved in a single-vehicle wreck on County Road 4668, also know as Bobo Crossing, late Tuesday night.

DPS Spokesperson Lt. Lonny Haschel said Kenneth Carlton Jr., 43 of Newark, was westbound on the road about 11:50 when he lost control of his 2007 Ford Mustang for an undetermined reason near the road’s bridge over the West Fork Trinity River. The vehicle rode up the guardrail before plunging to the river bottom below, landing on the front of its roof and coming to rest right-side-up partially in the water.

State Trooper Jeff Johnson characterized Carlton’s injuries at the scene as critical. He was flown to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

Boyd and Newark Fire Departments, Wise County EMS and Wise County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

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1 injured in wreck


One man was injured late Tuesday night when his vehicle plunged from the bridge on County Road 4668, also known as Bobo Crossing.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeff Johnson said a witness at the scene told him she was cut off by a sports car at the Farm Road 718 intersection just before midnight. The witness said the car sped westbound on 4668 where Johnson said evidence indicates it caught the bridge’s guardrail with its right tires, riding the guard rail to the bridge’s concrete barrier and tipping off into the river bottom below. It’s not clear why the vehicle left the roadway, he said.

The vehicle landed on the front edge of its roof and flipped, coming to rest right-side-up with its roof crushed. Firefighters extricated the driver. He was taken via air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with critical injuries.

The driver’s name has been withheld pending an update on his condition. He was the vehicle’s only occupant.

Boyd and Newark Fire Departments, Wise County EMS and Wise County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

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Church’s road paving project blocked by energy company


Victory Family Church in Decatur began work Monday on paving a road on their property that connects the church with the Victory Christian Academy, but a barbed wire fence was placed over the road near the location of a well head owned by Texxoll Operating.

Church officials say they have maintained the gravel road since 2003 and want to make the road safer by paving it. Associate Pastor Chris Bates said the church was shocked when safety crews from Texxoll arrived last Thursday to put up the fence, effectively blocking the road to through traffic four days before construction work began.

Zac Martin, manager of the land department for Texxoll, said they have long had concerns about the church using the road, part of which was originally built by the company from Walnut Street to the well site prior to the church’s construction. He said the well head is too close to the road and is a safety hazard.

The church’s Facebook page encouraged church members to contact the company and voice their concerns.

Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

Messenger photo by Brian Knox

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Church destroyed in fire


A church in Chico was destroyed by a fire Saturday afternoon.

Living Waters Fellowship Church, located in the 200 block of Davis Street, caught fire around 3:45 p.m. and flames spread throughout the building’s attic as a tall tower of smoke from was visible for more than 15 miles.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long was one of the first firefighters on scene and said he observed the building’s roof venting flames in three places. Crews from multiple fire departments mounted an external attack and notified an electrical company to shut down nearby power lines.

“It was vented through most of that,” Long said. “It all burned very fast.”

After knocking down flames, firefighters used a backhoe to pull down several of the church’s exterior walls to help mop up the building’s smoldering ruins.

“It made it easier to get what’s left and it got rid of a safety hazard we would have encountered later,” Long said.

Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said his investigation is still ongoing but noted that scorch marks on the upper sections of the building’s walls indicate the fire started in its shared attic.

“One of the first 911 callers told me he got here and had brown smoke coming out of the eave,” Washburn said. “Brown smoke is from a fire that’s lacking oxygen. Once it broke through the window in the front, he said it turned to black smoke and flames. It had traveled the whole attic.”

Firefighters from Crafton, Chico, Lake Bridgeport, Decatur, Paradise, Alvord, Sand Flat and Bridgeport fire departments responded to the blaze with precautionary aid and heat rehabilitation from Wise County EMS personnel on scene.

The church will hold regular services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, July 16 at Chico City Hall, 400 S Hovey St.

 

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1 killed, 1 hurt in wreck


One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning near Cottondale. The wreck happened around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Farm Roads 2123 and 51. Few details were released, but the collision happened between two pickup trucks. The driver of one pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver of the other pickup was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

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Local teen killed in crash


 

A Paradise High School student was killed in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon on Farm Road 2123, just east of Cottondale.

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson, Nicholas Chance Rhodes, 17, was driving a Toyota Tundra eastbound on FM 2123 about 4 p.m. when he crossed into the westbound lane of traffic, colliding head-on with a Ford one-ton pickup.

“The Ford pickup had just crested the hill and didn’t have a lot of time, but he veered to the right at the last minute,” Carson said. “The impact was in the center of the roadway.”

The driver of the Ford, Richard Morgan Ginn, 46, of Paradise had to be extricated from his vehicle. He was seriously injured and flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Rhodes was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays.

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Home destroyed by fire


A Bridgeport home in the 1500 block of 13th Street was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

The single-story wood structure was fully involved when firefighters arrived on scene just after noon.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said crews began with an external attack before moving inside the structure after knocking the flames down. Firefighters tapped into a nearby fire hydrant to get additional water. Long said the fire did not spread to trees in the home’s front yard. Crews used a thermal imaging camera to locate hot spots after the flames were extinguished.

Bridgeport Police Officer Lee Snodgrass said the homeowner, Jose Martinez, was also on scene at the time of the fire and was moving vehicles away from the flames when Snodgrass arrived. Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said Martinez and a family member lived at the home.

Washburn said the home had not been connected to city utilities for four months and is not insured.

Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise Fire Departments responded to the blaze. Wise County EMS also responded to assist with heat rehabilitation for firefighters as temperatures hit 90 degrees on the street outside the home. Bridgeport Police Officers provided traffic control around the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Bridgeport Fire Department and the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office.

 

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Crash injures 1


One person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon near Rhome.
The wreck happened around 2:30 on Texas 114 just east of the Rhome city limits.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said an 18-wheeler was eastbound on Texas 114 when it prepared to make a right turn into a driveway. The driver of a box truck that was also eastbound traveling behind the 18-wheeler apparently didn’t notice the truck turning in front of him and tried to pass on the right shoulder.
The box truck struck the 18-wheeler and rolled onto its side.
That driver was flown from the scene by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries, Elliott said.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.
Rhome police and fire, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Wise County EMS also responded to the crash.

 

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Home destroyed in fire


A single-story home north of Decatur was destroyed by a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The home was located off County Road 2228, which intersects Farm Road 51 near Decatur Livestock Market

Firefighters arrived around 3:30 a.m. to find the home fully involved.

Decatur and Greenwood-Slidell Fire Departments responded to the scene. The Wise County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the blaze.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

 

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Friday, June 9, 2017


Judi Whitis

DECATUR ISD SUPERINTENDENT LONE FINALIST – The Decatur ISD Board of Trustees has named Judi Whitis the lone finalist as the district’s superintendent of schools. Dr. Whitis comes to Decatur from Valley Mills ISD where she served as superintendent since 2014. She previously served as superintendent with Fort Davis ISD and as assistant superintendent for Burnet and Lampasas ISDs with a strong focus in curriculum and instruction.

3 HURT IN WRECK ON U.S. 380 – Three people were flown from the scene of a wreck on U.S. 380 in Decatur Thursday around noon. According to Decatur Police Sgt. Calvin Beatty, a passenger car driven by Amr Takieldeen of Wichita Falls tried to cross the westbound lanes of U.S. 380 from the U.S. 81/287 exit ramp, crossing directly in front of an 18-wheeler. The 18-wheeler, driven by Juan Villafranco of Celina, couldn’t brake in time and hit the passenger car on the driver’s side. The three occupants of the passenger car – Takieldeen, Mona Kamel El-Sayed Mahmoud of Wichita Falls and a 5-year-old child – were flown from the scene. Takieldeen and Mahmoud were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, and the child was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. Beatty said that as of Thursday afternoon the child was in stable condition and the adults were in critical condition. Villafranco was uninjured. Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Decatur police and fire departments, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Air Evac Lifeteam 68, CareFlite and PHI Air Medical responded.

FATAL WRECK UPDATE – The victim killed in an early morning Wednesday wreck near Alvord has been identified as a Bowie resident. The wreck happened just after 3 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 1596 and U.S. 81/287 near the Exxon truck stop on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord. Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel said a pickup driven by Brayden Brown, 18, of Alvord was eastbound on County Road 1596 and pulled out into the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 to cross over and head north on U.S. 81/287. A southbound passenger car driven by Kathryn Joseph, 64, of Bowie struck the side of Brown’s truck. She died at the scene. Brown and several passengers in his truck were not injured, Haschel said.

MORNING STORMS – Storms moved into Wise County this morning bringing heavy rainfall. Rainfall totals as of 7:45 a.m. included 1.5 inches in Greenwood, 1.02 in Bridgeport, 0.95 in Alvord, 0.88 in Decatur and 0.51 in Rhome. The rain is expected to end this morning before an afternoon high of 84.

DRIVER’S EDUCATION – Decatur High School’s driver’s education class starts Monday at the McCarroll Middle School Multipurpose Building. Participants must be 15 years old by July 1. Class fee is $75, and the driving fee is $225. Payment must be made at the DHS office before the first class. Call 940-393-7200 or email jack.reeves@decaturisd.us.

CLOVER KIDS – The 4-H Clover Kids Camp is 1:30-4 p.m. June 13-15. The camp is open to incoming kindergartners through second graders. Participants will learn about 4-H projects through hands-on activities. Cost per camp is $15, or $40 to attend all three days. Contact Chrissy Karrer at 940-627-3341 or cmkarrer@ag.tamu.edu.

CHICO LIBRARY EVENTS – Chico Public Library presents Adult Game Night for ages 16 and up 6:30-8:30 tonight. Family Lego Day is 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Also, sign ups are open for Ladies Craft Night on June 16. The craft will be 3D Painting with Buttons for ages 15 and up. Only 8 spots remain for craft night. To register call 940-644-2330.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Church of Christ is having a Carter BloodCare drive 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 940-627-1912.

BARBECUE FUNDRAISER – Chico Volunteer Fire Department’s annual barbecue is Saturday. Carter BloodCare will be on site from 2-8 p.m. Food will be served starting around 5 p.m. The event will also include an auction, door prizes and music. The 200 block of Weatherford Street between Sherman and Jacksboro streets in front of the fire hall will be shut down during the event due to heavy pedestrian traffic.

FISHING DERBY – The 2017 Kid’s All-American Fishing Derby is this Saturday from 8-11 a.m. at Black Creek Lake. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and prizes will be awarded from 11:30 to noon. Bait, cane fishing poles, hot dogs and drinks are provided free. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish, smallest fish and most fish. For information, call the LBJ Grasslands at 940-627-5475.

BOYD FUN FEST – Boyd Fun Fest is this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E Morton Ave. The event will include a petting zoo, bounce house, bouncy boxing ring, pie eating contest, pony rides, face painting, dig zone, bubbles and other outdoor activities, children’s games (with prizes), dunking booth, snow cone stand, two food trucks, more than 16 vendor booths, car show, 50/50 washer tournament and a pie baking contest. For more information, call Alicia Smith at 940-433-5166.

MOVIE NIGHT – Rhome Veterans Movie Night is 6:30 p.m. today. The movie “Hacksaw Ridge” will be shown in the Rhome Public Library Activity Room. The free event is sponsored by the Rhome Public Library and the Rhome Veterans.

YOUTH SIGN-UPS – Chico Youth Football and Chico Youth Cheer sign-ups are 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, at Robinson Park.

MOVIE AT THE POOL – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Moana” at the Bridgeport City Pool tonight. The pool opens at noon and will be open throughout the day. Movie starts at dusk. Admission for the pool is $3 for ages 10 and up; $2 for ages 4-9; 3 and under are free. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

SWEETWATER HOMECOMING – The Sweetwater Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. Preaching is at 11, lunch at noon followed by the business meeting.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Garvin Cemetery Association meets Sunday. Dinner is at noon followed by the business meeting.

AUTHOR TO SPEAK – Local Author Jennifer Jasper will be a guest speaker at the Rhome Public Library 10 a.m. Saturday presenting her book, “Who Came Home?” The story is based on her father who was in the armed forces during WWII in England.

FUNERALS – Service for Marshall Dale Wilson, 59, of Hurst, formerly of Wise County is 3 p.m. today at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville. Visitation begins at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Plainview Cemetery in Krum.

MEMORIAL service for Fern Hughes, 84, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kathryn Louise Joseph, 63, of Bowie is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones-Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Marilyn Getty, 86, of New Fairview is pending at Jones-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Scott Griffin, 48, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Guy Waggoner, 88, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Ted Lewis, 80, of Decatur is 3:30 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 2:30-3:30 p.m. prior to service.

MASS of Christian Burial for Elizabeth J. Glaser, 89, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Rev. Doyle Slimp, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Cowan, 65, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ruby Jo Inman, 88, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Three flown from U.S. 380 wreck


Three people were flown from the scene of a wreck on U.S. 380 in Decatur Thursday.

According to Decatur Police Sgt. Calvin Beatty, a passenger car tried to cross the westbound lanes of U.S. 380 from the U.S. 81/287 exit ramp, crossing directly in front of an 18-wheeler. The 18-wheeler couldn’t brake in time and hit the passenger car on the driver’s side.

The three occupants of the passenger car — a male adult, female adult and one child — were flown from the scene. The adults were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, and the child was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured.

Names and conditions of the injured persons are not available at this time.

Troy Jones, the driver of another 18-wheeler who witnessed the wreck, stopped to help the family in the passenger car. He punched out a window to pull the child out.

“I panicked I guess, and I punched the window,” Jones said. “I had a crowbar in the truck, but I had to help them right then.”

He sat comforting the child until emergency personnel arrived.

Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Decatur police and fire departments, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Air Evac Lifeteam 68, CareFlite and PHI Air Medical responded.

The accident is still under investigation.

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2 hurt in Friday night crash


The driver and a passenger of an SUV were flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Friday night following a crash east of Rhome. According to DPS officers at the scene, the SUV was turning into the Shale Creek neighborhood at the light on Texas 114 at the entrance to the neighborhood when it was struck by a westbound 18-wheeler around 9 p.m. The impact knocked the SUV into the light pole. The two occupants of the SUV were trapped for nearly an hour before rescuers could free them. Westbound traffic was shut down for close to three hours while the wreck was cleared. No names were available at the scene.

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Wreck victim identified


A Wichita Falls teenager was killed Friday afternoon in a rollover wreck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord.

According to Department of Public Safety Corp. Lantz Elliott, a Toyota 4Runner was traveling southbound on U.S. 81/287 around noon when the driver, Daniel Kim, 49, of Oklahoma City, lost control of his vehicle which slid through the median and started to roll.

A 16-year-old passenger, Christine Kim of Wichita Falls, was ejected from the 4Runner and came through the window of a Toyota Tundra, driven by Donald Munson, 50, of Frisco, traveling northbound on U.S. 81/287. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

The three occupants of the Tundra and the other three occupants of the 4Runner were transported to Wise Regional, Denton Regional and Denton Memorial hospitals.

DPS is still investigating the accident.

Texas Department of Public Safety, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County Emergency Medical Services and Alvord Volunteer Fire Department responded.

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1 killed in U.S. 81/287 wreck


A teenager was killed Friday afternoon in a rollover wreck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord.

According to Department of Public Safety Corp. Lantz Elliott, a Toyota 4Runner was traveling southbound on U.S. 81/287 around noon when the driver lost control of his vehicle which slid through the median and started to roll.

A 16-year-old female passenger was ejected from the 4Runner and came through the window of a Toyota Tundra traveling northbound on U.S. 81/287. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

The three occupants of the Tundra and the other three occupants of the 4Runner were transported to Wise Regional, Denton Regional and Denton Memorial hospitals.

Names have been withheld pending notification of family members. The victim was not local.

DPS is still investigating the accident.

Texas Department of Public Safety, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County Emergency Medical Services and Alvord Volunteer Fire Department responded.

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5 hurt in Rhome wreck


Five people were taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle wreck in Rhome Friday afternoon. The accident happened just after 2 p.m. during a downpour on U.S. 81/287 near County Road 4838. Rhome Police Officer Brody Brown said a pickup was southbound on U.S. 81/287 when it hydroplaned into the northbound lanes where it struck a northbound van. The driver of the pickup was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver of the van was taken to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth while three children in the van were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. No names were available at the scene. Rhome Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

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Man injured in motorcycle wreck


One man was severely injured when he wrecked his motorcycle into a barbed wire fence on County Road 1590 about a mile west of Alvord Thursday afternoon.
A neighbor said the man was westbound when he left the roadway near a driveway and struck a fencepost. The man became tangled in the fence and his bike flipped several times during the wreck, a bystander said. A clear path of tire marks, followed by debris, led from the roadway to the spot where the bike came to rest in a nearby field.
Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschell later identified the man as Gregory Meier, 21, of Alvord. Bystanders said Meier was passionate about motorcycles and frequently traveled the road.
DPS Investigator Jose Gomez confirmed the story and said the man was taken via air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Wise County EMS and Alvord Fire Department responded to the scene.

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Storm causes damage in Slidell area


Slidell firefighters reported damage in their district from a storm that rolled through early Tuesday morning.
An awning at Slidell Baptist Church reportedly collapsed onto a church bus at County Road 2822. There was damage on the Slidell ISD campus off Farm Road 455. A single-wide mobile home on County Road 2723 also sustained damage.
Firefighters reported several downed trees and power lines along with power outages. Oncor reported 379 customers without power in Wise County.
The storm moved into the area from Montague County shortly after midnight with winds in excess of 50 mph.

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Two transported from wreck on 287


An Alabama couple was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist in Fort Worth from an accident on U.S. 287 just south of Alvord in front of the Navigator Truck Stop.

Stewart Pedigo, 57, and his wife Stephanie were take to hospital after their GMC pickup collided with a tanker truck blocking the roadway shortly after 11 p.m. Friday.

The tanker truck driven by Michael Bondillian of Lake Charles, La. had pulled out of the Navigator and attempted to cross the highway to go northbound on U.S. 287, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Justin Little.  Pulling out of the station the tanker blocked the southbound lanes and was struck by the pickup, Little added.

The accident shut down southbound lanes of U.S. 287 until 12:30 Saturday morning.

 

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Home destroyed in fire


A family lost their home in the 130 block of Private Road 1311 to large fire Thursday morning.

The road runs off of County Road 1304, northeast of Bridgeport.

Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said two adults and a child lived in the home, which is owned by next-door neighbor Nita Duke. Washburn said Duke first saw the fire from her home.

Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise Fire Departments responded to the fire, which Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported in the blaze. Red Cross is assisting the family.

 

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