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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.

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