2017-10-06 / News

Woman escapes injury after hitting fence on FM 580 East


Jim Hoffpauir Inc. Service Manager Lee Smith prepares to tow a Ford Freestar that ran off FM 580 East and hit a fence. 
DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Jim Hoffpauir Inc. Service Manager Lee Smith prepares to tow a Ford Freestar that ran off FM 580 East and hit a fence. DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD A Lampasas woman avoided injury Tuesday when the van she was driving ran off FM 580 East and hit the corner of a barbed-wire fence that has metal braces.

Texas Department of Public Safety Cpl. V Monte Carroll gave the following account of the crash, which was reported about 5 p.m. approximately one mile east of the Lampasas city limits.

Allison Pope of Lampasas was driving west on FM 580 in a Ford Freestar. When the van entered a curve, the vehicle lost traction and ran off the road to the left, going into the eastbound right of way of the highway. The van rotated counterclockwise and struck the fence, with the impact on the passenger side of the vehicle.

In the vehicle with Ms. Pope were four children -- ages 1, 3, 5 and 6.

The 1- and 3-year-old were in child safety seats, and the two older children were wearing seat belts. Carroll said the older children were not in booster seats or child safety seats, however.

The DPS corporal reminded the public that Texas law requires a child to be in a booster seat or safety seat if the child is younger than 8 or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches.

Acadian Ambulance Service transported the four children -- three boys and a girl -- to Rollins Brook Community Hospital for evaluation.

The van was towed from the crash site.

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