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August 29, 2013

Major weekend wrecks close local highways

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“It took two-and-a-half hours to get the passenger out of the truck,” he noted.

“I’ve never seen one like this before,” the veteran trooper added.

He said it took five hours to clear the scene. In addition to DPS and MWVFD, crews from Mineral Wells Fire Department/EMS, Palo Pinto VFD and Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Department aided at the scene.

Rozzell said he thought both men were sent to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth and he believed both men are still alive. On Wednesday, the hospital spokesperson told the Index neither was listed as a patient.

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Saturday afternoon rollover

At 4:50 p.m. Saturday, after a series of calls for emergency services, DPS, Palo Pinto deputies and Santo EMS were called to the Interstate 20 overpass, over U.S. Highway 281, where a 2005 Toyota pickup truck had overturned and was lying in the median on its side.

Rozzell said rain was a factor in this single-vehicle wreck of the westbound truck, owned and driven by Mac Roller, 50.

He explained that the truck hydroplaned and drifted to the right, glancing off the guardrail on the overpass. When the driver over-corrected, he said the truck rolled, landing on its left side.

Passenger John-Mark Roller was not wearing a seatbelt, was injured, according to Rozzell, and airlifted to JPS. Again, a JPS spokesperson had no record of Roller Wednesday, when the Index checked.

Rozzell said DPS had to shut down the westbound lane for about one-and-a-half hours and traffic was redirected to the service road.

In this portion of I-20, Rozzell said the speed is posted at 75 mph. He said with the rising speed limits – 80 mph in some areas of the state – “The number of wrecks aren’t going up that much but the severity is.”

“State statistics show that one out of every 30 Texans will die in their lifetime in a car crash,” he noted, adding that this is why drivers and passengers need to put on their seat belt, to be better prepared for a crash.”

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