By TODD GLASSCOCK
GORDON – A Fort Worth man died Thursday when he struck a tractor-trailer from behind on Interstate Highway 20 on the Blue Flat Road overpass.
Brandon Clark, 26, of Fort Worth was pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m. Thursday at the scene by Justice of the Peace Todd Baker.
Clark reportedly failed to control his speed as he was driving westbound on the interstate at mile marker 376 in his 1996 Honda Accord when he apparently drove under a 2012 Penske tractor-trailer, also traveling westbound, driven by Douglas Domonica, 38, of Dallas, said Gary Rozzell, public information officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Mineral Wells.
It wasn’t discernible at the scene how fast Clark was driving but, he said, anybody who hits a vehicle from behind as Clark reportedly did is considered going too fast to control his vehicle.
There was no indication at the scene Clark was distracted by anything, he said.
The DPS also investigated a crash around 5:23 p.m. on Thursday in the 1400 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2201 in Santo involving a pickup and a SUV that sent three children to Palo Pinto General Hospital to check for injuries, Rozzell said.
The wreck occurred when an eastbound 2008 Ford F350 driven by James Mark Ivy, 54, of Santo attempted to avoid colliding with a westbound 2007 Ford Explorer driven Kristel Michelle Guzman, 27, of Santo, Rozzell said. Inside Guzman’s truck were three children, ages 1, 5 and 7.
Ivy was also pulling a flatbed trailer carrying a John Deere backhoe, Rozzell said. Ivy was accompanied by passenger Remigo Meraz, 58, of Santo.
Guzman allegedly was trying to turn onto private property when Ivy saw her SUV, and to avoid being struck, swerved into the west bar ditch, Rozzell said.
As Ivy went into the bar ditch his trailer overturned and Ivy crashed his pickup into a pole and barbed-wire fence, Rozzell said.
There was light contact, if any, between the two vehicles, he said.
Mineral Wells EMS responded to the scene and took the children to be evaluated at the hospital, he said.