Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

April 30, 2013

Several injured in weekend accidents

Man vows to fix restaurant fence

By Matt Smith/

Cleburne police and firefighters responded to several weekend accidents resulting in injuries.

Police and firefighters responded to a single-vehicle accident at 12:57 a.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of South Main Street.

The driver of a Hyundai Tiburon, traveling southbound, lost control and veered off the road, according to reports. The car entered a ditch, became airborne, flipped several times and struck several fences before coming to rest. The driver told rescue workers he was thrown from the car and had been drinking, but was unsure how much, according to reports.

A CareFlite helicopter flew Keith David Jones, 23, of Houston to John Peter Smith Hospital. Details of his condition have not been released.

Police and firefighters responded to a three-vehicle accident at 11:10 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of West Henderson Street and South Ridgeway Drive.

The driver of a Plymouth Voyager, traveling westbound on West Henderson Street, moved into the left lane to turn south onto South Ridgeway Drive, according to reports. The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado was traveling eastbound in the left lane of West Henderson Street. Both vehicles had a green light.

The Plymouth driver turned  left in front of the Chevrolet causing the Chevrolet to collide with the Plymouth’s front quarter panel, according to reports. The Chevrolet then veered right and struck the left front quarter panel of a Mazda Protege stopped in the right hand lane of South Ridgeway Drive for a red light.

CareFlite ambulances transported the Plymouth’s driver and passenger and a passenger in the Chevrolet to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. Details of their conditions have not been released.

Firefighters responded to a bicycle accident at 7:27 p.m. Friday in the 1100 block of East James Street. A boy, 9, said two dogs ran in front of his bike. He hit one of the dogs and went over his handle bars. Rescue workers treated the boy at the scene for minor injuries, which did not require transportation to the hospital.

A horse, a chicken 

and a fence

Police responded to a hit-and-run at 6:07 p.m. Saturday at the Chicken Express on North Main Street. Employees said the driver of a Dodge pickup hauling a trailer carrying a horse performed a “jackknife move” while attempting to exit the restaurant’s rear parking area then left the scene after striking and damaging a fence.

Employees told police they thought the driver may be heading to the rodeo at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds. Police located the driver there and cited him for leaving the scene of an accident.

The driver, a Fort Worth man, said he was unaware that he’d struck the fence. He said he wanted to make things right with the restaurant and would pay out of pocket to repair the damaged fence, according to reports.

Firefighters responded to a fence fire at 6:03 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of West Henderson Street. The fire partially damaged two panels of a wooden fence separating Taco Bell and Domino’s Pizza. Taco Bell employees extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived. Reports list no cause for the fire.