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2018-01-03 / Featured

Crash injures two DPS troopers

By Nannette Kilbey-Smith
Wilson County News


U.S. 181 Business just north of Floresville is blocked Dec. 22, after a two-vehicle accident involving a Ford pickup truck and a Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol vehicle. Two troopers were transported from the crash with injuries. 
N. KILBEY-SMITH U.S. 181 Business just north of Floresville is blocked Dec. 22, after a two-vehicle accident involving a Ford pickup truck and a Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol vehicle. Two troopers were transported from the crash with injuries. N. KILBEY-SMITH A crash involving a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol vehicle and a pickup truck on U.S. 181 Business just north of Floresville three days before Christmas sent two DPS troopers to the hospital.

According to DPS Sgt. Deon Cockrell, on Dec. 22 at approximately 5 p.m., two troopers in a DPS patrol vehicle were traveling northbound on Business Loop 181. A Ford F-150 pickup, traveling eastbound on C.R. 117, failed to yield right of way at the junction of the two roads.

Cockrell, the DPS public information officer, said the front right of the DPS patrol vehicle struck the front of the pickup.

The impact sent the DPS vehicle into the ditch across from the county road, at the end of the bridge spanning Kicaster Creek.


Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol troopers reconstruct an accident scene Friday evening, Dec. 22, on U.S. 181 Business at C.R. 117 and Kicaster Creek just north of Floresville. 
N. KILBEY-SMITH Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol troopers reconstruct an accident scene Friday evening, Dec. 22, on U.S. 181 Business at C.R. 117 and Kicaster Creek just north of Floresville. N. KILBEY-SMITH Wilson County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted with traffic control, ultimately closing a portion of the business loop to traffic, while DPS personnel investigated the crash.

Both troopers were taken to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville by Wilson County EMS for medical attention, Cockrell said, adding that the two occupants of the pickup truck refused medical treatment and were released at the scene.

The crash remained under investigation as of press time Dec. 29.

Further information from DPS on this accident is not available until the report is completed and filed; this could take several weeks.

The Texas Department of Public Safety asks drivers to obey traffic laws and drive safely.

nkilbey-smith@wcn-online.com

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