Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

February 18, 2014

Four cyclists injured in Iris Stagner Race

One women transported to PPGH, three others airlifted to Fort Worth hospitals

By CLINT FOSTER

GRAFORD – Four women cyclists were seriously injured in a crash during the second day of the Iris Stagner Memorial Stage Race in Palo Pinto County, Sunday.

Race Director Andy Hollinger said the collision occurred about four-and-a-half miles north of Division Road on State Highway 337, northwest of Graford, during the last 5 miles of the last race of the day. During that hilly portion of the race, Hollinger speculated that a strong gust of wind might have blown one or more of the riders off course, leading to the accident.

One rider was transported by ambulance to Palo Pinto General Hospital, while the other three women were airlifted to John Peter Smith and Harris Methodist hospitals in Forth Worth for varying levels of head injury. Hollinger described the women's injuries as "serious but not life-threatening."

"It's part of racing," Hollinger said of the crash. "Everybody got banged up bad. But the biggest concern was head injury and that's why (three riders) got care-flighted. Their helmets saved their lives."

Hollinger said some of the injuries the riders suffered – in addition to the head injuries for the three care-flighted – included road rash and multiple broken bones. Hollinger said one rider, in particular, had already sustained a serious brain injury recently and, therefore, required special attention. He said the rider who was transported to PPGH has since been released, adding that the other three hospitalized "should be out by the end of the week."

Hollinger was especially complimentary of Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto County law enforcement and emergency management that worked the event and responded when the accident occurred. He said the police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians all "worked together flawlessly" and "displayed an unmatched level of professionalism" to ensure the cyclists received everything they needed.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • Jenny Phil and Babe.jpg Jr. History Club meets

    Junior History Club of Mineral Wells met at Holiday Hills Country Club for their monthly meeting.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Marshes.jpg Marshes onboard with Baker comeback

    Ever since the Baker Hotel's final closing, the center of “main and main,” has been rotting out.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • hazmat3.jpg Truck rollover dumps flammable liquids

    A tractor-trailer rollover on southbound U.S. Highway 281 sent the truck's driver to the hospital and resulted in a spill of more than 5,200 gallons of combustible petroleum distillates into a ditch.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • library2.jpg From a Winter Victorian Evening to a Spring BOOKNANZA!

    In December, the Friends of the Boyce Ditto Library (FOL) invited members of various groups who had supported the organization, such as the library advisory board, the library staff and the Brazos Foundation, to a dinner held in the library.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Balloons.jpg Despite high winds, Go Blue! balloon release a big GO!

    April is National Child Abuse prevention month, and all month long Palo Pinto County Child Welfare Board, PPC Children's Alliance Center and CASA along with other organizations, have banded together in an effort to promote awareness on the largest scale possible.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • BURN BAN.jpg Commissioners reinstate burn ban

    Monday morning, Palo Pinto County Commissioners approved a motion to reinstate the countywide burn ban, which had been lifted in late March.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joe Erwin.jpg It’s All in the Family

    Any organization is a reflection of its employees.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • dowser.jpg Dowsing for Flight 370

    Bill Farmer thinks of Philip Wood, the Keller man who was onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which has been missing since March 8.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • mel mug.jpg Index publisher to retire this month

    In 1990, I enrolled in a few classes at Weatherford College, one of them being Speech. The class changed the course of my life.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Project graduation skeet shoot Saturday

    The Mineral Wells High School Class of 2014 Project Graduation will be co-hosting a sporting clay shoot in partnership with the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Posse on Saturday, April 12.

    April 11, 2014

Featured Ads
SmugMug


Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.