Teen suffers head injury in crash


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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A Rhome teenager suffered a massive head injury in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 81/287 south of Decatur Saturday afternoon.

Darren Rowe, 18, and a friend had stopped in the 287 crossover, just south of County Road 4421, about 11:50 a.m. and were talking. A third vehicle approached the crossover and honked at the other two vehicles so it could get through.  Trooper Beau Bridgeman, with the Department of Public Safety, said Rowe pulled his Dodge Durango too far out and into the left lane of southbound 287.

Rowe’s vehicle was struck by a Straight Arrow Transport 18-wheeler. It was driven by Gerald Gordon, 44, of Centerfield, Utah, and he was hauling crushed cars. Gordon had two dogs in the truck with him, but neither he nor the animals were injured.

The 18-wheeler pushed the Durango across the southbound lanes of traffic, and both vehicles came to rest on the west side of the road. Rowe had been pushed to the back of the SUV. He was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Both southbound lanes of 287 were shut down for an hour, and traffic was backed up for miles. One lane was re-opened at 12:45 p.m.

 

 

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WBAP confirms identity of reporter in wreck


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WBAP radio posted a story Saturday morning confirming the identity of its reporter — Alan Scaia — who was involved in Friday night’s head-on collision in Wise County.

News director Rick Hadley told the Messenger Scaia is in critical, but stable condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He was flown there by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 after his Toyota Camry was hit by a Ford F250 pickup on Farm Road 51 South near Farm Road 2048.

The driver of the pickup was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, but the passenger in the pickup was flown to JPS by a PHI helicopter.

Trooper Adam Lawson, with the Department of Public Safety, will likely release the names of the pickup driver and the passenger later today. The accident occurred last night about 7:45 p.m., and the roadway was shut down for more than an hour.

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Two flown to JPS after head-on collision


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Two people were flown to a Fort Worth hospital Friday night following a head-on collision on Farm Road 51 South between FM 2123 and FM 2048.

A silver Ford F250 pickup was traveling southbound on 51 about 7:45 p.m. when the driver took evasive action to avoid a car in front of it. Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson said it was unclear why the pickup was trying to avoid the car, but while trying to avoid that vehicle, the pickup veered into the northbound lanes where it hit a Toyota Camry.

The Camry was a marked WBAP radio car. The two vehicles had a head-on collision on the shoulder of the northbound lanes.

The driver of the Camry was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 with critical injuries. The passenger in the pickup was also flown to JPS by a PHI helicopter.

The driver of the pickup was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

As of 9:30 p.m., Trooper Lawson had not released the names of those involved because he was unsure of their conditions.

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Alvord wreck victim identified


The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the name of the driver who was killed in the accident Tuesday night near Alvord. Sonia Bullard, 40, of Big Spring was killed when she drove her car southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 and struck another car driven by Mari Proctor, 22, of Sunset head-on. Bullard died at the scene, and Proctor was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries. The cause of the wreck is still under investigation, and it is not known why Bullard was driving the wrong way. The accident happened just south of the Navigator Truck Stop at 6:48 p.m.

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Wrong way driver killed in 81/287 wreck


_JDS7860The driver of a passenger car headed southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 just south of Alvord Tuesday night was killed after colliding with another passenger car. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper said a  young female driving a red Chevy Cavelier was headed the wrong way when she struck a northbound red Dodge Challenger. The driver of the Challenger was seriously injured and flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The other driver was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson. A second crash immediately followed the initial crash. An 18-wheeler who saw the initial crash slammed on his brakes and came to a stop. The truck was struck from behind by a gray passenger car. That car’s driver was also taken by ground ambulance to a local hospital. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured. No names of those involved were released. The wreck shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 completely for more than an hour and then reduced to one lane for another hour as the wreck was cleared. More information will be posted as it is available.

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Water to be shut off in Bridgeport Wednesday morning


The City of Bridgeport announced Tuesday afternoon that water will be shut off in the city 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday for a maintenance issue. More information will be posted as it is available.

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Water service restored in Bridgeport


The water was turned back on in Bridgeport between 8 and 8:15 p.m. Monday after a water leak was repaired, according to city spokesperson Tiffany Evans.

Water was shut off about 5 p.m. to make the repair at 16th and Irvine streets. More information about what caused the leak and the work required to repair it will be posted as it’s available.

 

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Water to be shut off in Bridgeport


Water in the city of Bridgeport will be shut off at 5 p.m. to repair a water leak at 16th and Irvine streets, according to city officials. Tiffany Evans, with Bridgeport public relations, said service should be restored in three hours. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Teen injured in wreck


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A Decatur teenager was flown to a Fort Worth hospital following a single vehicle wreck Thursday night north of Decatur. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Beau Bridgeman said Matthew Hatzenbihler, 18, of Alvord was driving a Jeep southbound on County Road 2395 at an unsafe speed when he lost control, swerved and hit a tree about a mile north of County Road 2175. His passenger, Brittanie Martin, 18, was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur where Air Evac Lifeteam 68 was standing by to transport her to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Bridgeman said Martin’s injuries did not seem to be life-threatening. The accident happened around 8:45 p.m. Wise County EMS and the Decatur Fire Department also responded.

 

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Flurry of rollovers on 287


Two separate one-car rollovers on U.S. 287 near Alvord Sunday evening sent four people to the hospital in Decatur. Both mishaps were blamed on icy roads as snow and sleet blew in after sundown. The first occurred just before 8 when a vehicle rolled into the median just north of Alvord. Two people were transported from the scene by Wise County EMS ambulance. While officers were at the scene, a car approaching the accident spun out and went off the roadway and was helped back onto the road by the Alvord Fire Department’s brush truck crew. Just a few minutes later, another one-car rollover was called in just south of the earlier one. Two people were also transported by Wise County EMS from that wreck. Alvord Fire Department responded to that scene as well, as Department of Public Safety state troopers worked both accidents. The wreck scenes were cleared shortly after 9.

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Car crashes into ravine, driver seriously injured


A man was seriously injured Thursday evening when his car crashed into a ravine off of Farm Road 2127 near Crafton.

Adam Edington, 19, was traveling southbound on 2127 in a compact car about 5 p.m. when he ran off the edge of the pavement. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeff Johnson said Edington tried to return to the roadway and overcorrected, losing control.

The car left the roadway and crashed into a ravine that was about 100 feet deep. Johnson said Edington’s car landed upright, but due to his injuries, including a head injury, he was unable to get out of the car.

Wise County’s Medic 1 and Rescue 1 treated Edington and transported him about one mile south to Farm Road 1810 where Air Evac Lifeteam 68 landed. The helicopter ambulance flew Edington to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Farm Road 2127 was shut down for about an hour. Crafton and Chico volunteer fire departments also responded and assisted with traffic control on both roadways.

 

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Fire destroys Alvord home


 

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An Alvord home caught fire about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday when the heater on a chicken brooder malfunctioned.

Homeowner Mark Kelley and his dogs, Thumper and Roxie, escaped without injury, but his house in the 1500 block of County Road 1790 was destroyed. The smell of smoke woke him up.

“When I went to see what was smoking, I could see the fire on the side of the brooder where the heating element was,” he said. “By the time I figured out what was happening, it was time to get out.”

Kelley said he raises chickens for organic eggs, and he had 86 new chicks in the brooder. He had it set up in the middle bedroom of the mobile home to protect the chicks from the cold front that blew in this week.

Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said when his department arrived, the home was fully involved. Decatur and Sunset fire departments were also called to the scene.

The American Red Cross was called to assist Kelley.

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Worker killed in tractor accident


A man operating a tractor at a construction site at a private residence near Boyd was killed Wednesday morning when the tractor tipped over. The man, from Decatur, was not identified pending notification of next of kin and positive identification. Wise County Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Reynolds said the backhoe tipped over on its side, pinning the operator underneath. He died at the scene. Reynolds said there does not appear to be anything suspicious about the accident, which happened just after 10 a.m. in the 1200 block of  County Road 4371 north of Boyd. It appeared the man was part of a work crew clearing brush and digging out a pond.

 

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Update on Tuesday’s U.S. 287 wreck


The woman who was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Tuesday following her wreck with a parked 18-wheeler on the median of U.S. 287 at C.R. 4421 has been identified as Yanete Ramirez-Merchedo, 31, of Decatur. She is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at JPS, and was initially treated for a head contusion, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Wise County voting totals


Update: We’ve got finals. Clark elected county judge with 83 percent to Stegall’s 17 percent. Kennedy is elected Pct. 4 commissioner with 83.5 percent to over Kemp’s 16.5 percent.

Update: 19 of 25 boxes are in, and Clark is cruising to an easy win. He maintains his 83 to 17 percent lead over Stegall in the county judge race. Boxes that are in: 1-1, 1-2, 1-22, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 2-7, 2-8, 2-9, 2-10, 2-11, 2-12, 4-13, 4-17, 2-18, 3-23, 3-24, 3-25 and 3-27.

Update: With 12 of 25 boxes reporting, Clark leads the county judge race with 83 percent of the vote over Stegall. With 2 of 5 boxes reporting in Pct. 4 commissioner race, Kennedy leads Kemp 83 to 17 percent. Boxes that are in: 1-1, 1-2, 1-22, 1-3, 1-4, 2-7, 2-8, 2-10, 2-12, 4-13, 4-17, and 2-18.

Update: With five boxes reporting, Clark retains his large lead 83 percent to 17 percent over Stegall in county judge race. Those five boxes we’ve reported include 1-1, 2-7, 2-8, 2-12 and 2-18.

Wise County early voting results: Republican County judge candidate J.D. Clark and Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Gaylord Kennedy both got 82.62 percent of the early vote in their races.
In the state representative race, incumbent Phil King has received 81.79 percent of the early vote, while opposing candidate Matt Britt has received 18.21 percent.

View all the results here.

 

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Breaking News: Woman injured in U.S. 287 wreck


A woman was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth today after she lost control of the blue sedan she was driving, hit a road sign, hydroplaned and spun around into a parked 18-wheeler on U.S. 287 North near C.R. 4421 around 2:30 p.m.

Texas state troopers on scene would not release the name of the woman, but said she was the sole occupant of the car, which hit the front left side of an 18-wheeler that was parked in the median of the highway.

East Wise Fire Department, Wise County Medic, the Wise County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety were on scene to respond to the accident.

Traffic is currently shut down to one lane on U.S. 287 North around the area of the crash. More information will be published as it becomes available.

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Saturday wreck victim identified


The victim from Saturday night’s fatal crash near Chico has been identified as Luis Carlos Infante, 23, of Decatur. He was killed when he crashed in front of the Hanson Aggregates quarry on Farm Road 1810 about a mile east of Chico. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening said the vehicle was westbound on FM 1810 when Infante apparently lost control, hit a pipe fence and then crashed into and splintered a telephone pole. Infante was ejected. He died at the scene. A passenger, Edgar Gonzalez, 36, of Decatur was seriously injured and was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Air Evac Lifeteam 68. Bening said Gonzalez was listed in stable condition Sunday. The accident happened around 10:15 p.m. Two Wise County EMS ambulances, Rescue 1, the Chico Volunteer Fire Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene

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1 killed, 1 injured in wreck near Chico


The driver of a passenger car was killed Saturday night when he crashed in front of the Hanson Aggregates quarry  on Farm Road 1810 about a mile east of Chico. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening said the vehicle was westbound on FM 1810 when the driver apparently lost control, hit a pipe fence and then crashed into and splintered a telephone pole. The driver was ejected. He died at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. A passenger, Edgar Gonzalez, 36, of Decatur was seriously injured and was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Air Evac Lifeteam 68. The accident happened around 10:15 p.m. Two Wise County EMS ambulances, Rescue 1, the Chico Volunteer Fire Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

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Fire destroys home in south Wise County


A family of four was displaced Saturday afternoon when fire destroyed a double-wide mobile home at 1849 Saddle Ridge Drive near the Salt Creek area in south Wise County. Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said the family was home when they smelled smoke just after noon. They saw flames  near the front porch area and were all able to exit the home without injury. Salt Creek, Cottondale and Boonsville/Balsora fire departments responded. Travis said the first fire unit to arrive said the fire had already traveled the length of the home under the structure and flames were also coming from the roof. Because the fire likely weakened the floor, firefighters had to attack the flames from outside the home. The cause is under investigation.

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Rhome bank robbed


Woodhaven National Bank in Rhome was robbed around noon Wednesday. Rhome Police Chief Brandon Davis said a man entered the bank and handed the teller a note that said hand over the money and no one will get hurt. He kept his hands in his pocket and did not display a weapon during the robbery. He took an undisclosed amount of cash, and he and a second suspect driving a black, four-door newer model Chevrolet pickup with paper tags headed north on U.S. 81/287. As of mid-afternoon, the two suspects were still at large. The suspect who entered the bank is described as around 5-foot, 10-inches tall, early to mid-30s, heavy build, wearing a ball cap with a logo on it and a burnt orange University of Texas shirt. He was also wearing sunglasses on the cap and had about a day or two of facial hair growth. Security cameras were able to capture images of the man. A description of the get-away driver was not available. Anyone with information should call Wise County Crimestoppers at 800-643-TIPS (8477) or 940-627-TIPS (8477) 24 hours a day. You may remain anonymous, and a reward of up to $1,500 is available to information leading to an arrest.

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