The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that an accident involving
a car and SUV claimed the lives of three people and left two others critically
injured on March 20. The accident took place at approximately 11 a.m.
on State Highway 289 in Grayson County. The highway was subsequently closed
to traffic for about four hours as rescue workers and maintenance crews
attended to accident victims and cleared debris from the roadway.
According to police, the head-on collision occurred when a car drifted
into the path of oncoming traffic between Mormon Grove Road and Highway
902 south of Sherman. Police say that it was not immediately clear why
the car had drifted left of center. Fire, police and emergency medical
response personnel from Southmayd, Gunter, Sherman and Howe assisted Texas
DPS troopers at the
car accident scene.
The car's driver and two of its passengers were pronounced dead at
the scene. The car's third passenger and the driver of the SUV were
transported to medical facilities in Plano and Sherman with critical injuries.
Troopers said that the quick actions of three other individuals on the
road likely saved the life of the woman who had been behind the wheel
of the SUV. The individuals used fire extinguishers to combat a blaze
that had broken out. This reportedly gave rescue workers the time they
needed to free the trapped woman.
Head-on collisions at high speeds often result in
catastrophic injuries. When this type of collision is caused by a distracted, drowsy or impaired
driver, a personal injury attorney may pursue civil remedies on behalf
of accident victims. An Austin personal injury lawyer could seek compensation
for the property damage and medical expenses of accident victims as well
as lost income if their injuries leave them unable to work for any length of time.
Source: KXII, "3 dead, 2 critical in accident on SH289 south of Sherman," March 20, 2015