Rockwall Herald-Banner (Texas)

Local News

April 13, 2009

Wreck blocks SH 205 for hours Tuesday, driver reported in good condition

Traffic was turned back in both directions of State Highway 205 at McLendon Chisholm near Kingsbridge between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday as wreckers cleared away a demolished pick-up truck and a damaged 18-wheeler from a two-vehicle morning accident.

In good condition Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for Parkland Hospital, was the driver of the pick-up truck, Rita Stone, of Sachse, age 56.

She had undergone surgery on Tuesday for injuries described by officials on the scene as severe, according to the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday. She had been pinned under the pick-up truck after it hit the big rig.

The 18-wheeler driver, Ken Smith, age 27, of Kaufman, was not taken to a hospital.

Stone was taken by CareFlite helicopter to Parkland after about a 15-minute extrication process conducted by the McLendon Chisholm Volunteer Fire Department with assistance from Rockwall Fire Department, according to Chris Entrekin, training officer with McLendon Chisholm VFD.

According to the sheriff’s office report, Stone was southbound and swerved into the northbound lane. Smith took evasive action, heading toward the shoulder. The pickup struck the rig near its fuel tanks, then “traveled backwards and hit the rear of the trailer,” Lt. David Davis said, then apparently turned over. Whether the driver was fully or partially ejected is not known, but the vehicle landed on top of her, he said.

McLendon Chisholm volunteer firemen responded within five minutes of being notified, noted Entrekin, and found the pickup on its side pinning the driver. Members stabilized the vehicle for extrication, and called Rockwall Fire Department requesting manpower. They performed a “roof roll” on the vehicle. Lt. Davis noted that the vehicle was lifted and cut away to free Stone. McLendon Chisholm fire department members assisted wrecker crews and washed down the roadway, completing their work at the scene after about an hour and a half, Entrekin said.

Wreckers loaded the vehicles between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at least, according to drivers who were turned back at the scene.

At times during the investigation, one car at a time would be allowed through, drivers reported.

Rockwall County EMS also responded.

1
Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Poll

Now that summer has officially begun, what's your favorite summer activity?

Swimming
Cooking on the grill
Fishing
Camping
No school
     View Results
Facebook
Must Read
Gas Prices
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
House Ads
Royal Wedding Live