Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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December 9, 2012

Road to recovery

Couple adjusting to life after horrific U.S. 67 accident


Mackenzie Kelly and her boyfriend, Timothy Bales, are back in school at Flower Mound High School. Life for the couple, both 16, is going well all things considered and slowly returning to normal. 

Things could have, and probably should have, been much worse.

“You come up on an accident like that and really you expect to see dead people, no signs of life,” Cleburne Assistant Fire Chief Keith Scarbrough said. “Getting out of the truck you’re thinking you need to pull out the sheets to cover people up. 

“It’s a complete miracle they’re alive given the mechanism of that wreck, hit by two 18 wheelers and the car to have so much damage.”

Car and truck parts littered the roadway in the 9000 block of U.S. 67 as Scarbrough and three Bono firefighters pulled up to the scene. More distressing, two halves of a late model Lexus sitting several hundred yards apart, the back half in the middle of the road, the front several yards past the bar ditch.

“It was like the truck just knifed right through the middle of the car,” Bono firefighter Roger Trussell said. “Like someone took a giant pair of shears and cut it right in half. No, you don’t expect to see anyone alive when you see something like that.”

The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. July 27.

Kelly and Bales were heading home. Bales had to get back to work so the couple left a day early from Lake Buchanan where Kelly’s family members where vacationing.

Heading eastbound toward Cleburne, the Lexus, for some reason, clipped the rear wheel of a westbound gravel truck. The impact spun the car sideways straight into the path of a second westbound gravel truck, which was unable to stop before driving through the car.

“It cut through right behind where they were sitting,” Scarbrough said. “You had the back of the passenger seats and then ... nothing, no rest of the car.”

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