1 flown from wreck

Traffic backup

TRAFFIC BACKUP – First responders work the scene of a two-vehicle crash east of Rhome Monday morning. Messenger photo by Austin Jackson

A driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel on Texas 114 sustained serious injuries after crashing into a tractor trailer Monday morning.

Harley Miramontes, 24, of San Antonio, was traveling west on Texas 114 in a 2019 Ford cargo van when he struck a 2007 Freightliner, which was stopping at a red light near Shale Creek Boulevard in Wise County, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter.

“The driver indicated that he fell asleep while driving,” Hunter said.

After being extricated from the crumpled cab of the Home Depot rental van, Miramontes was flown to Medical City hospital in Denton.

The driver of the Freightliner, Jose Orozco-Hernandez, 51, of Lewisville, was not injured.

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Fiery crash injures 1

A woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning south of Boyd.

The wreck happened around 12:15 a.m. on Farm Road 730 just north of County Road 4764.

According to Sgt. Ricky Hunter, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Tracey McCurdy, 59, of Irving was southbound on FM 730 in a 2001 Ford pickup when for an as-yet-undetermined reason the truck left the roadway and traveled up onto a guardrail.

“The Ford then went over the guardrail and off a bridge into a creek,” Hunter said. “The Ford caught fire as a result of the crash.”

McCurdy was able to get out of the vehicle before first responders arrived, but not before sustaining burn injuries from the fire. She was flown from the scene to a Fort Worth area hospital.

Wise County EMS and Boyd Fire Department along with local law enforcement agencies responded and found the truck fully engulfed in flames underneath the bridge. Mutual aid was requested from the Decatur Fire Department to help extinguish the fire.

Smoke from the blaze resulted in FM 730 being shut down for a short time.

The Texas Department of Transportation also responded to the scene due to the guardrail damage.

The roadway was cleared just before 3 a.m.

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Officer injured in wreck

A Rhome Police officer was hospitalized after a one-vehicle rollover early Sunday morning near Aurora.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sgt. Ricky Hunter said the crash, involving Rhome Police Sergeant Brody Brown, occurred on Texas 114 near Farm Road 718 at approximately 12:30 a.m.

Preliminary investigation indicates Brown, 31, was responding to a call in a 2018 Dodge Charger police cruiser traveling west on] 114 with its emergency equipment activated when the wreck occurred.

“As the Dodge was approaching the intersection of 114 and FM 718, a second vehicle began to enter the intersection from FM 718,” Hunter said. “Sgt. Brown took evasive action to avoid the other vehicle. The Dodge left the roadway, struck a culvert and then overturned multiple times before coming to rest along the north shoulder of 114.

Hunter said Brown was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with undisclosed injuries.

Rhome Police Chief Sam Love said that Brown came home from the hospital Monday.

“He’s doing fine, miraculously,” Love said.

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1 dies in Parker County accident

An Alvord woman was killed Saturday night in a one-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 south of Springtown in Parker County.

Haley Brumley, 22, died at the scene.

Brumley was traveling northbound on FM 51 in a 2005 Dodge Ram truck shortly after 10 p.m. Near Veal Station, she lost control of the vehicle and entered a side skid. The truck overturned multiple times. Brumley was partially ejected.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter said a wet roadway and speed were contributing factors to the accident.

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Alvord woman dies in Parker County wreck

An Alvord woman was killed Saturday night in a one-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 south of Springtown in Parker County.
Haley Brumley, 22, died at the scene.
Brumley was traveling northbound on FM 51 in a 2005 Dodge Ram truck shortly after 10 p.m. Near Veal Station, she lost control of the vehicle and entered a side skid. The truck overturned multiple times. Brumley was partially ejected.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter said a wet roadway and speed were contributing factors to the accident.

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1 dead in 287 wreck

Fatal accident

FATAL ACCIDENT – A woman was killed Sunday night when she was partially ejected from her Nissan sedan into the median on U.S. 81/287 just south of Decatur. Messenger photo by Reece Waddell


A woman was partially ejected from her Nissan sedan and killed Sunday night when her vehicle flipped into the median on U.S. 81/287 just south of Decatur.

The woman, identified as Jeanette Marie Bragg, and her 15-year-old son were traveling north on U.S. 81/287.

Department of Public Safety Cpl. Lantz Elliot said Bragg veered onto the shoulder on the east side of the highway, overcorrected and crashed into the median. Her vehicle rolled several times.

DPS and Decatur Police responded to the crash around 9 p.m. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow pronounced Bragg dead at the scene. Elliot said she was not wearing her seat belt.

Bragg’s 15-year-old son was transported to Wise Health System in Decatur with minor injuries and abrasions. He was later released to his father.

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Teen seriously hurt in wreck

Teen seriously hurt in wreck

Collision

COLLISION – A head-on collision sent the driver of the passenger vehicle pictured in the foreground to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Sunday. Messenger photo by Brian Knox

One person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Runaway Bay.

According to Runaway Bay Police Chief Steve Reynolds, the accident happened at 3:25 p.m. on U.S. 380 in front of the entrance to the RB Golf Club and Resort.

A KIA Spectra passenger car driven by Shaun Gallimore, 18, of Lubbock was westbound on U.S. 380 when he veered across the center stripe into the eastbound lane of traffic and collided with a GMC pickup driven by Armando Luna Piedra, 31, of Jacksboro.

The impact caused extensive damage to the front ends of both vehicles, and firefighters had to extricate Gallimore from his vehicle.

Air Evac Lifeteam 68 responded to the scene, and Gallimore was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries.

Wise County EMS transported two passengers from Piedra’s vehicle – one adult and one child – to Wise Health System in Decatur with non-life-threatening injuries, Reynolds said.

“It is unknown at this time as to why Gallimore’s vehicle was on the wrong side of the road,” Reynolds said.

The roadway was shut down in both directions for about two hours while the wreck was cleared.

Other agencies who assisted at the scene included the Texas Department of Public Safety, Runaway Bay Fire Department and Bridgeport Fire Department.

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1 critically injured in wreck

Driver injured

DRIVER INJURED – A Springtown man was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth from a crash at FM 51 and 2123 Monday. Messenger photo by Reece Waddell


The driver of a tractor trailer was critically injured Monday morning in an accident at the intersection of Farm Roads 2123 and 51 near Cottondale.

Oscar Ruiz, 53, of Springtown, was transported by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. A medical helicopter was requested but was unable to fly due to weather.

Ruiz was traveling east on FM 2123 and ran the stop sign at FM 51 shortly before 6 a.m., colliding with a southbound tractor trailer, driven by Zachary Suppe, 31, of Endicott, Wash., according to Department of Public Safety Cpl. Lantz Elliot. Suppe was not injured.

Elliot said it took nearly 30 minutes to extricate Ruiz from the cab. The collision knocked the axle off one of the trailers.

Traffic was shut down on FM 51 as crews worked to clear the wreckage.

Firefighters from Paradise, Cottondale and Springtown responded to the accident, as well as DPS Troopers and officers from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

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Three injured in two-vehicle wreck on FM 51

Three people were transported to area hospitals from a two-vehicle accident at the intersection Farm Roads 51 and 2123 Saturday.
Daniel Remley, 39, of Haslet, who was the driver of a blue Honda Accord, was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries. He remained in critical condition Sunday morning. His passenger, Shannon Ruffin, 41, of Newport, Ark., was taken by ambulance to Wise Health System.
The driver of a Chevrolet Cavalier, Robert Molina, 69, of Abilene was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith.
The Honda Accord was headed east on FM 2123. It ran the stop sign at FM 51 and collided with Molina’s Cavalier, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Benning. The impact caused the Accord to roll, before coming to rest on its top on the east side of FM 51.
The accident occurred shortly before noon and shut down FM 51 for several minutes while the medical helicopter landed on the roadway. Traffic was limited to one lane until 1 p.m.
Cottondale and Boyd firefighters along with multiple Wise County EMS ambulances responded to the crash.

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1 flown from crash

A Decatur woman was flown to Texas Health Fort Worth after an accident at the intersection of Walnut and Washburn streets in Decatur Sunday morning.

Nancy Burk, 49, was flown by Air Evac from Wise Health System with serious injuries. Monday morning, she was in serious but stable condition.

A passenger in Burk’s Chevrolet Colbalt, Annette Mara, 55, of Decatur, was transported by ambulance to Wise Health System with non-life threatening injuries. She was treated and released.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Burk’s vehicle was headed west on Walnut at 10:25 a.m. when she pulled out to turn south onto Washburn, Business 380, in front of a Chrysler Pacifica driven by Annalysa Elledge, 29, of Decatur. Elledge’s vehicle struck the driver side of Burk’s vehicle.

Elledge and three children in the vehicle, two 4-year-olds and a 6-year-old, suffered only minor injuries and did not require medical attention.

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Memorial accounts set up after tragic car wreck

Memorial accounts have been set up after a tragic car wreck involving a Boyd senior and a recent Boyd graduate.

On Dec. 11, Boyd senior Makayla Stoff, 18, and recent Boyd graduate Seth Evans, 23, were killed in a three-vehicle accident on Farm Road 730 at County Road 4374 between Decatur and Boyd. Services for Evans were held Saturday at Boyd First Baptist Church and services for Stoff were held Sunday at Salt Creek Arena.

To donate to the memorial funds, Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster said to visit the Wells Fargo Bank or First Financial Bank branch in Boyd. There are separate accounts for both families at each location.

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Man killed in rollover wreck

One person was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Sunday night south of Bridgeport.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck said a 1996 Ford Explorer was westbound on County Road 3420, traveling at a high rate of speed around 9:15 p.m. when the driver went off the roadway on the south side of the road, overcorrected and went into a skid back across the road. The vehicle then left the road on the north side of the roadway, rolled and went airborne through a tree and into a fence, coming to rest in a field in the rural area about 2 1/2 miles southwest of Bridgeport.

The driver – identified Monday as 49-year-old Bridgeport resident Robert H. Walston Jr. – was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only occupant in the vehicle.

His body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office.

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Wreck victim dies

Elizabeth Roberts, 72, of Decatur died late Thursday night at John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth where she had been since the wreck, according to Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins.

Roberts was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Charles Roberts, 75.

Hoskins said the accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. Nov. 27 on Farm Road 730 under U.S. 81/287. He said a car driven by Destiny Beasley, 17, of New Fairview was southbound on FM 730. As she was turning left to enter U.S. 81/287 southbound, she collided with a car northbound on FM 730 driven by Charles Roberts.

Beasley and Charles Roberts were taken by ambulance to Wise Health System in Decatur with non-life-threatening injuries while Elizabeth Roberts was flown to JPS with serious injuries.

Hoskins said he does not expect to file criminal charges in the wreck.

Funeral for Roberts was Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

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4 injured in wreck in Rhome

Four people were injured in a collision between a passenger car and tractor trailer Saturday morning at U.S. 287/81 and County Road 4838 in Rhome.
A Houston area woman, who was a passenger in the car, was flown to John Peter Smith in Fort Worth. The driver of the car, Robert Tolbert, 60, of Houston was taken to JPS by ambulance along with two other woman. Another passenger suffered only minor injuries and did not require medical attention.
Tolbert and his four passengers were northbound on U.S. 287/81 in a Nissan Altima around 11 a.m. A tractor trailer driven by Gregory Barrett, 49, of Jacksboro attempted to turn from the southbound lane of U.S. 287/81 onto County Road 4838 in front of Tolbert’s vehicle.
“The truck was southbound, made a left turn and didn’t have the proper distance,” said Rhome Officer Bryan Pickler. “The passenger car took an evasive action but struck the truck.”
Barrett was uninjured in the accident.
One lane of northbound U.S. 287/81 was shut down until 1:45 p.m.

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Seven students transported from bus crash

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Seven Justin Elementary students were transported to local hospitals from the scene of a school bus rollover on Farm Road 407 near Bill Cook Road Tuesday afternoon.
All the students were treated and released Tuesday night.
The single-vehicle accident occurred around 3:15 with the bus leaving the roadway and landing on its right side on the north side of FM 407, approximately six miles west of Justin in Denton County.
“Preliminary investigation indicates a school bus was traveling west on FM 407, when for an as yet undetermined reason, the vehicle’s right tires left the roadway,” said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel. “The driver overcorrected and the bus overturned coming to rest on its right side.”
The driver was treated at the scene and released.
According to Northwest ISD Executive Director of Communications Emily Conklin, 18 students were on the bus. The 11 students not transported to the hospital were taken back to Justin Elementary or released to parents.
Conklin did not know the extent of the injuries of the students.

Kierston Martz of Justin picks up her daughter from scene. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We always want to be cautious anytime there is an accident,” Conklin said. “We had EMS out here as soon as possible. They’ve been great to work with. They did transport [seven] students. We don’t know the extent of the injuries. We hope to hear very soon. We’ve been in contact with their families.”
Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren thanked first responders for helping at the scene.
“We are truly appreciative for them getting out here so fast and getting the scene under control,” Warren said.
Justin Elementary has students in kindergarten through fifth grade from Justin, New Fairview and East Wise. Northwest ISD is in its final week of class for the school year.
The bus was from Durham Transportation. The district decided in February to move from Durham to contracting with Reliant for bus service starting in the fall. The district has been with Durham since 2001.

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Seven students transported from bus accident

Seven Justin Elementary students were transported to local hospitals from the scene of a school bus rollover on Farm Road 407 near Bill Cook Road Tuesday afternoon.
The single-vehicle accident occurred around 3:15 with the bus leaving the roadway and landing on its right side on the north side of FM 407, approximately six miles west of Justin in Denton County.
“Preliminary investigation indicates a school bus was traveling west on FM 407, when for an as yet undetermined reason, the vehicle’s right tires left the roadway,” said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel. “The driver overcorrected and the bus overturned coming to rest on its right side.”
The driver was treated at the scene and released.
According to Northwest ISD Executive Director of Communications Emily Conklin, 18 students were on the bus. The 11 students not transported to the hospital were taken back to Justin Elementary or released to parents.
Conklin did not know the extent of the injuries of the students.

Kierston Martz of Justin picks up her daughter from scene.

“We always want to be cautious anytime there is an accident,” Conklin said. “We had EMS out here as soon as possible. They’ve been great to work with. They did transport [seven] students. We don’t know the extent of the injuries. We hope to hear very soon. We’ve been in contact with their families.”
Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren thanked first responders for helping at the scene.
“We are truly appreciative for them getting out here so fast and getting the scene under control,” Warren said.
Justin Elementary has students in kindergarten through fifth grade from Justin, New Fairview and East Wise. Northwest ISD is in its final week of class for the school year.
The bus was from Durham Transportation. The district decided in February to move from Durham to contracting with Reliant for bus service starting in the fall. The district has been with Durham since 2001.

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Boy struck by vehicle

A 7-year-old boy is in critical condition at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth after being hit by a pickup Thursday night in Bridgeport.

Lt. Todd Low with Bridgeport Police Department said John Dehoyos, 46, of Bridgeport was driving a 1997 Ford F-150 west on Cobb Street when the boy, who was riding his bicycle on Second Street, darted in front of the vehicle.

“Dehoyos’ truck struck the child in the middle of the intersection, subsequently driving over the child,” according to a department press release.

Low said Dehoyos had right of way and was not speeding. Charges are not expected to be filed against him.

The boy was flown to Cook’s with head injuries where he was in critical, but stable, condition Friday morning.

It does not appear the child was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the accident, according to Low.

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