2017-07-14 / Front Page

Man killed in wreck

Crash occurs Wednesday in curve on FM 580 West
BY JIM LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


A 2003 Chevrolet Suburban ended up in an eastbound bar ditch after Wednesday’s collision. 
JIM LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD A 2003 Chevrolet Suburban ended up in an eastbound bar ditch after Wednesday’s collision. JIM LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD A two-vehicle collision Wednesday approximately 10 miles west of Lampasas claimed the life of a Bend man, authorities said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety received a call about the accident – at 10377 FM 580 West -- at 12:54 p.m.

Law-enforcement officials identified the deceased man as Ronald Allen Bascom, 70.

Trooper Michael Tatum gave the following account.

A 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 heavy duty pickup, driven by Tyler Allen Prothro, 24, of Lampasas, was westbound on FM 580 West. A 2003 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Bascom was eastbound on the roadway. The drivers were the sole occupants of the vehicles.

The Dodge Ram was on the wrong side of the road, in a curve, but was not passing another vehicle.

The left front of the vehicles struck each other in a “headlight-to-headlight” collision.


A 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup came to rest in the center of FM 580 West after it collided with an eastbound Suburban. 
JIM LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD A 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup came to rest in the center of FM 580 West after it collided with an eastbound Suburban. JIM LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Precincts 2&3 Justice of the Peace Camron Brister of Lometa pronounced Bascom dead at the scene.

The Suburban, which hit a livestock fence, rolled a half-turn and came to rest upside-down facing east in the eastbound bar ditch. The Dodge Ram remained upright, facing northeast, in the center of the road. The vehicles were about 50 yards apart when they came to rest.

Bascom was not wearing a seat belt. Prothro was wearing a safety belt. The driver of the Dodge Ram declined treatment by Acadian Ambulance Service.

Traffic was halted on the two-lane, farm-to-market road for about three and a half hours, and vehicles were detoured.

Several other DPS troopers assisted at the scene, as did the Lampasas Fire Department, Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Transportation.

The fatal collision was the second in Lampasas County in as many months.

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