2017-02-17 / News

Wreck causes minor injuries, officer says

BY DAVID LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


A 2015 Dodge Ram pickup collided with a 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe on Monday morning at South Key Avenue and U.S. Highway 281. 
DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD A 2015 Dodge Ram pickup collided with a 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe on Monday morning at South Key Avenue and U.S. Highway 281. DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Acadian Ambulance Service transported two Dallas residents to Rollins Brook Community Hospital after a two-vehicle collision Monday morning at South Key Avenue and U.S. Highway 281.

Lampasas Police Department Traffic Officer Dean Werlinger said Allison R. Dent and his wife, Nancy, who were heading home to Dallas, sustained minor injuries because of the crash.

Werlinger gave the following account of the wreck, which happened at 10:54 a.m.

Allison Dent was driving north on U.S. 281 in a 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe. At the same time, Charles N. Butts Jr. of Lampasas was southbound on Key Avenue in a 2015 Dodge Ram.

Butts told the police officer he was having allergy trouble and was sneezing continuously. As a result, he said he did not see the red light at the intersection. Butts continued through the intersection as Dent turned left onto Key Avenue, causing the Dodge pickup to hit the left side of the Chevrolet Tahoe.

The occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts, Werlinger said. The officer said the front and side air bags deployed in the Tahoe, but he said air bags did not deploy in the Dodge pickup.

Butts had an abrasion on his forehead from hitting a sun visor in his pickup, Werlinger said, but he declined ambulance transport. He received a citation for running a red light.

Both vehicles were towed, and Werlinger said both probably would be classified as "totaled."

The Lampasas Fire Department assisted at the crash site.

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Several other wrecks kept emergency responders busy later in the week. Official reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety were not available at press time, but basic details have been released.

A sheriff’s office incident report showed a crash in the east end of the county Monday at 6:49 p.m.

Also, Lampasas Fire Chief Reece Oestreich confirmed firefighters responded to these three crashes:

• Monday about 11 p.m. on U.S. 281 North near Lampasas Municipal Airport. Oestreich said during the rain, a vehicle hydroplaned and came to rest on its side among some cedars. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle without assistance, Oestreich said.

• Monday about 11:50 p.m. on U.S. Highway 190 west of Lometa. Oestreich said the two occupants of an 18-wheeler were transported for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries after the vehicle jack-knifed.

• Wednesday about 2 a.m. just outside Lampasas city limits on FM 580 East.

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