Woman and Two Children Killed in Crash

A woman and her two young daughters were killed in a crash Friday morning in far west Bexar County.

The San Antonio News reported, the victims were identified as Cynthia Garcia, 26, and her daughters Nana, 6, and Abigail, 9.

Bexer County sheriff's deputies said Garcia tried to cross Highway 90 West at Mechler Road to drop off her daughters at school at 6:50 a.m. when an Allied Waste Services truck broadsided the vehicle.
 

City Making Changes to Dangerous Curve

After a number of accidents along a stretch of East Southcross, the city is making some changes.

New signs have been installed, roads painted and new reflectors were put down on a stretch that neighbors call "the curve of death."

The San Antonio News reports, the city is also talking with CPS Energy about making the street lights brighter.

In the past year, three families have woken up to cars inside their homes after the drivers lost control. That area's councilwoman says the changes are thanks to News 4.

"Thanks to you and your news station you brought it to my attention," said Councilwoman Ramos.

There's another dangerous curve less than a mile away from this stretch of Southcross at Goliad. Ramos says they'll now focus on fixing that.
 

Photo : San Antonio News

Tractor Trailor Accident

The driver of a tractor-trailer hauling water bottles died Thursday night after veering off the roadway in Benbrook and crashing underneath a highway bridge, police officials said.

8000 S. Loop 820 in Benbrook The identity of the truck driver was not released, pending the notification of next of kin, Benbrook police spokesman Mike Ford said.

The Dallas Morning News reported, The man was driving west in the 8000 block of Southwest Loop 820 at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday when he swerved to the right shoulder of the highway and underneath the Winscott Road bridge, Lt. Ford said.

Three other vehicles traveling in the same direction also were involved in the crash. One man suffered minor injuries and was driven to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Lt. Ford said.

The bridge was closed Thursday night so officials of the Texas Department of Transportation could examine it for structural damage. It was reopened by early Friday, police said.

 

Man Injured Falling out of Pickup

A man riding in the back of a pickup and holding a mattress was seriously injured when the truck hit a bump and sent the man and mattress airborne, Grand Prairie police said.

The Dallas Morning News reported, the man, who was not immediately identified, suffered major head trauma and was last listed as undergoing surgery at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, said Grand Prairie police detective John Brimmer today.

The incident occured at about 5:30 Monday on State Highway 360 in southern Grand Prairie just north of West Camp Wisdom Road, officials said.

Last year, two men who were sitting on a piece of plywood in the back of a pickup were injured when the plywood flew out of the truck with them on it. The incident occured as the men headed to a construction site on Wagley-Robertson Road in Fort Worth.

One of the men, a 26-year-old from Irving, later died from his injuries.

At Least 18 Killed in Train Collision in Los Angeles

Recently, the AP reported a tragic train wreck that killed 18 people. According to early reports, a commuter train hit a freight train head on. It is often difficult to tell early on what the cause of the collision may have been. However, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the importance of an early, thorough investigation into the crash. Inevitably, lawsuits will be filed in response to this deadly wreck. Any time suit is filed, liability is often a hotly contested issue. If the evidentiary state of the crash site is left in tact, it tends to shed more light on what actually happened. If you or a loved one has been involved in a train wreck or train collision, our lawyers would be happy to provide you with a consultation and explain the legal nuances involved in the aftermath of a deadly train crash. Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, Toll Free Phone 1 (866) 705-7584.
 

At Least 18 Killed in Train Collision in Los Angeles, California

Recently, the AP reported a tragic train wreck that killed 18 people. According to early reports, a commuter train hit a freight train head on. It is often difficult to tell early on what the cause of the collision may have been. However, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the importance of an early, thorough investigation into the crash. Inevitably, lawsuits will be filed in response to this deadly wreck. Any time suit is filed, liability is often a hotly contested issue. If the evidentiary state of the crash site is left in tact, it tends to shed more light on what actually happened. If you or a loved one has been involved in a train wreck or train collision, our lawyers would be happy to provide you with a consultation and explain the legal nuances involved in the aftermath of a deadly train crash. Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, Toll Free Phone 1 (866) 705-7584.

Car Falls 20 Feet as Bridge Collapses

A two-lane bridge in Kaufman County collapsed Wednesday evening, sending a car 20 feet into the creek below and injuring its three occupants.

Located above Cedar Creek on FM1836 in southeast Kaufman County between Rand and Prairieville, the structure had been rated as deficient by the state transportation department. The department was preparing to demolish the bridge and had closed one of the lanes to traffic.

The Dallas Morning News reported, The bridge collapsed about 5:45 p.m. as a contractor in a tractor-trailer was hauling heavy equipment, said TxDOT spokeswoman Kelli Petras. The truck's trailer, but not its cab, detached and fell into the creek.

It is not clear whether the truck's heavy load caused the collapse, Ms. Petras said.

One of the car's passengers was transported via Careflite to a hospital in Tyler, she said. The conditions of the other two passengers were not available.

The bridge handles about 1,200 vehicles of mostly local traffic each day, Ms. Petras said.

Engineers will investigate the scene in the morning, she said. For now, traffic is being detoured around the bridge.

"Our priority is making sure the contractor and the public are secure," Ms. Petras said. "We are treating this as a very important issue, and we're working on it as quickly as possible."

 

Woman Killed Crossing Path of Railway Express

A woman was killed and a man was critically injured Tuesday afternoon when the man steered his car around the lowered railroad-crossing arms into the path of the Trinity Railway Express, which struck the car just east of downtown, authorities reported.

A girl believed to be 2 or 3 years old was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center with minor injuries, police said. Witnesses told police that the toddler was strapped in a child seat in the rear of the vehicle.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the dead woman as Rachel Sumberlin, 21, of Fort Worth.

The Fort Worth News reports, there are two separate railroad crossings with two sets of crossing arms — one on Galvez Avenue and another on Riverside Drive — a few feet away from the Galvez and Riverside intersection. Regional authorities recommended closing the Galvez Avenue crossing years ago and improving the Riverside Drive crossing so trains could travel more quietly and more safely through the city.

Authorities reopened the tracks around 9 p.m. Tuesday after their investigation.

Photo: The Fort Worth Star -Telegram

Police Officer Injured in 18 Wheeler Collision

A Dallas police sergeant is recovering from injuries this morning after his cruiser collided with an 18-wheeler at the intersection of Lancaster Road and the Interstate 20 westbound service road in South Oak Cliff.

The sergeant had been responding to a report that a citizen had apprehended a person breaking into a vehicle, police said. The police car had a flashing red light and the truck had a flashing yellow when the two vehicles collided at about 5:15 a.m.

The Dallas Morning News reported, The officer’s car slid under the truck, crushing the front of the cruiser. The sergeant was trapped for about 40 minutes and was responsive, police said.

Dallas police said they will investigate the cause of the accident.

The sergeant told police this morning that he tried to stop when he saw the truck but could not prevent the collision. Police said slick roads may have contributed to the accident.

Lancaster Road was shut down in both directions this morning. But the road began to reopen by about 8 a.m. The westbound ramp from I-20 to Lancaster Road was also closed this morning but it did not appear to affect traffic on I-20, according to TrafficPulse.com.

Man Killed When Car Lands in Swimming Pool

A 19-year-old man was killed over the weekend when his pickup crashed through a wooden fence and landed upside-down in a backyard swimming pool in Coppell.

The Dallas Morning News reported, the incident happened about 11:20 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Leslie Lane, Coppell police said.

Adam Christopher Hartwick of Coppell was transported to Lewisville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said today. He was the only person in the red 2001 Dodge Dakota truck.

The cause of death is unknown at this time, but Coppell police are investigating.

 

Teenagers Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Two teenage motorcyclists were killed early Friday when they ran off a highway ramp.

They were identitified as Robert Wright of North Richland Hills and Derek Smith of Bedford, both 18.

Irving police said both riders were on the ramp from the President George Bush Turnpike to Highway 161 when one of them hit a wall.

The Dallas Morning News reported, the second rider then ran up on the first, sending both motorcycles flying over a 40-foot embankment.

 

Young Man Injured in SUV Crash

A 19-year-old man was critically injured when he crashed into two utility poles Thursday morning on the city's northeast side.

Police said the teen was speeding when he crashed his GMC Yukon into a utility pole at the intersection of Classen and Briarcrest at 3 a.m.

The San Antonio News reported, the impact sliced the SUV in half, police said.

He then crashed into a second utility pole, police said.

Rescue crews had to use the Jaws Of Life to free the victim from the vehicle.

He was taken to University Hospital in critical condition.

Police are investigating whether the teen was drinking at the time of the crash.

Tanker Truck Accident

A tanker truck hauling diesel fuel overturned on Preston Road early this morning, forcing the closure of all lanes between Eldorado Parkway and Fisher Road, a Frisco city official said.

The accident was reported at about 2:40 a.m. and investigators hoped to reopen the road by 10 a.m., said Frisco spokeswoman Dana Baird.

The Dallas Morning News reports, The single-vehicle accident occurred when the tanker veered off the roadway and landed in a ditch.

Both the truck’s driver and passenger were injured, but the extent of their injuries were not immediately known, Ms. Baird said. One person was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital and the other was taken to a second hospital.

Police were working to determine the cause of the accident.

The tanker that overturned can carry up to 1700 gallons of diesel fuel. Crews were working to offload the fuel to two trucks
 

Fatal Crash Involving Suspected Drunk Driver

A suspected drunk driver with four previous DWI arrests and a history of police pursuits was fleeing authorities when he caused a fiery crash early Monday, killing a married couple and seriously injuring at least three others, officials said.

Uriel Perez Palacios A Dallas County Sheriff’s Department deputy pulled over a Chevy Tahoe driven by Uriel Perez Palacios, 21, about 2 a.m. after seeing the vehicle weaving on North Central Expressway. The deputy suspected Mr. Palacios may have been drunk, said Kimberlee Leach, a sheriff’s department spokeswoman.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, Mr. Palacios drove away with his lights off and immediately exited at Mockingbird Lane, Ms. Leach said. He ran a red light at the intersection and struck another Tahoe, sending Mr. Palacios’ vehicle into the air.

The Tahoe landed on a third vehicle, a Scion SUV, killing Erika Clouet, 24, and German Clouet, 23.

“Many deputies said it was one of the worst accidents that they ever saw,” Ms. Leach said. “You couldn’t make out what kinds of vehicles were involved.”

The Dallas Morning News reported, Mr. Palacios was thrown from his vehicle, Ms. Leach said. His passenger, Didiana Espinoza, 23, had to be cut from the wreckage. Both were taken to Baylor Hospital in Dallas in critical condition.

Authorities arrested Mr. Palacios earlier this year for driving while intoxicated, his fourth, Ms. Leach said. He already was facing DWI charges from that incident and another in 2007, and had been involved in two police chases prior to Monday’s crash.

Ms. Leach added that, based on his most recent arrest, Mr. Palacios may have been driving on a suspended license.

Officials plan to charge Mr. Palacios with intoxication manslaughter if he survives. Deputies are still investigating his whereabouts before the accident.

Five Southern Methodist University students were in the other Tahoe, two of whom were seriously injured. The driver was in surgery today at Baylor Hospital for a broken left arm, which had also been burned. A passenger was undergoing tests at Baylor.

A tenant at the Hotel Palomar, David Wong, 33, of Tulsa, Okla, said he was awoken by a loud boom outside. He said he opened his window to see a car on its side and another on fire.

“One guy was on the ground screaming,” he said.

The intersection was shut down for four hours as deputies investigated the accident. Lanes on Central Expressway also shut down as deputies cleaned up gasoline that spilled onto the freeway. Officials re-opened the roads a few hours later.