Wreck on U.S. Highway 67 claims four lives and hospitalizes seven
By Houston Hall –
Four people were killed and seven hospitalized yesterday, following a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 67, about 11 miles west of Glen Rose, police said.
Erath and Somervell counties were among the first to respond to the scene.
“Erath County gave mutual aid to Somervell County in response to the accident,” said Betty Allen, a dispatcher for the Erath County Sheriff’s department.
The “accident involving a four-door, white Pontiac Bonneville and a maroon Kia Sedona minivan has resulted in four known fatalities,” said Texas Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dub Gillum.
Police say the two vehicle head-on collision occurred when the white Pontiac drove into the westbound lane where the maroon minivan was. As the Pontiac attempted to correct into the eastbound lane, it collided with the minivan head on.
The collision instantly killed three of the passengers in the minivan and one of the passengers in the Pontiac, police said.
Six others, between the ages of 6 and 19, were air evacuated to Fort Worth area hospitals.
One other person, 44, was taken by ground ambulance to Harris Hospital in Glen Rose.
According to Gillum, the highway’s east and west bound lanes were reopened around 4 p.m.
U.S. Highway 67 is one of three major highways in the area that have had their speed limits increased to 75 miles per hour in recent months.
Houston Hall is a senior Broadcast Journalism student from Plano, Texas. He currently serves as a staff writer for the Texan News Service.