Sherman wreck leads to other traffic incidents

What started with a two-vehicle crash Monday morning escalated into three additional incidents for Sherman police.

Sherman police Sgt. Stephen Dean said the wreck was between a 2006 Dodge Caravan, driven by a Sherman woman, and a 1998 Toyota pickup, driven by a Sherman man. One of them apparently went through the traffic light, and the pickup ran into the Dodge. The Toyota pickup was heavily damaged on its front end. Sherman F.D. EMS sent two ambulances to the scene, and one of those left with the female victim, but her injuries were reported to have not been serious. Paramedics checked out the male driver, who was not injured.

The first additional problem came with the spilling and spreading of the pickup’s gasoline onto the pavement. Sherman firefighters handled that before, as a precaution, allowing any other vehicles into the area.

Then police put the male driver through a few standard field-sobriety tests. He passed those, but then he became belligerent with the officers on scene, beginning with his refusal to stay away from the gasoline spill. That continued until police put him in handcuffs while they investigated the crash. Later they found a family member to pick him up, and released him without charges.

Then, as officials diverted southbound traffic around the crash site, moving vehicles from the service road onto westbound Houston, a dually pickup pulling a 41-foot fifth-wheel attempted to make the sharp right turn. Dean said he didn’t leave enough clearance, and the left rear corner of the fifth-wheel trailer struck the passenger side of the patrol SUV, parked in the center lane. It damaged the patrol vehicle from the tail light to the front passenger side where it knocked off the mirror.

That patrol vehicle was driven by Officer Tim Gann. When a witnessing firefighter told Gann of the damage, he jumped into Officer Jeff Jones’ patrol car and got the dually pickup driver stopped near Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ. The driver was unaware of the crash, Dean said, and police did not ticket him.

Other right-turning vehicles included several tractor-trailer rigs, some pulling large loads from a carnival that was broken down that morning. Sherman police and fire departments re-positioned their vehicles to make more room for the right turns.