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.
Print This Page