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February 6, 2012

Accident investigation continues

Small car hits truck pulling 16-foot utility trailer, blocking SH-198 for two hours

Athens — PAYNE SPRINGS — Police in this community are investigating an accident on State Highway 198 last Friday, involving a small car which sideswiped a 1996 GMC Z-71 truck, which was pulling a 16-foot utility trailer.

Why the 1991 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Bryan Rodgers, 37, of Mabank, suddenly veered into the path of the truck, driven by 50-year-old Domingo Palomarez, 50, of GBC, is still to be determined.

The accident occurred right after the truck cleared the bridge on State Highway 198 moving south. 

Payne Springs Police Sgt. Lupe Garza said the impact was great enough to tear the trailer to pieces, though the bed remained hooked to the tongue of the truck before coming to a rest on State Highway 198, and the intersection of Whispering Oak,  blocking traffic for the next two hours.

Palomarez’ was driving a landscaping truck filled with dirt, bricks and rocks, Garza said, resulting in dirt and rock debris littering the highway.

Both individuals were taken to ETMC Gun Barrel City.  Rodgers was treated and released. No report was available on Palomarez Monday afternoon. 

Rodgers was cited for driving without a license and no proof of insurance.

Garza said Payne Springs officers got assistance from the Gun Barrel City Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department, which helped clean up the mess on the road.

Holtz Wrecker Service had to be called in to remove the vehicles.

Garza said the investigation is continuing.

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