Sheriff's Deputy injured in accident
A Jack County Sheriff’s Deputy and wrecker driver are recovering from injuries suffered after an accident in the fog early Sunday morning.
The accident occurred around 7 a.m. on U.S. Highway 380 just west of U.S. Highway 281 outside of Jacksboro. According to a DPS press release, Deputy Terry Mahan, who has been with the department since Dec. 27, and wrecker driver Boyce Hart with Sleepy’s Towing in Jacksboro were helping a DPS trooper with a minor accident investigation.
An Infiniti sedan traveling west on U.S. 380 approaching the intersection with U.S. 281during heavy fog and wet road conditions failed to see the intersection due to the conditions and slid through the intersection into the ditch, striking Mahan and Hart.
Because of the foggy conditions, Air Evac was unable to fly, so Mahan was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Mahan originally was thought to have internal head injuries and multiple fractures but several CT scans determined he had no internal or brain injuries, according to a post from the Jacksboro Police Department.
Mahan did have a number of fractures that will require multiple surgeries, according to Sheriff Thomas Spurlock. Spurlock said he had spoken to Mahan’s wife Monday morning and said he was in good spirits. Mahan was having quite a bit of shoulder pain and was going in for a special 3-way X-Ray Monday.
“They had determined his shoulder wasn’t broken, so they’re going to go in and find out what’s causing the pain,” Spurlock said.
His lower right tibia was broken in a number of places and his foot was nearly turned backward at the impact. Surgeries on that were scheduled Monday, Spurlock said.
Mahan landed in a cactus patch, Spurlock said and was having stitches put in before being transported to the hospital.
Hart and the sedan driver were both taken to local hospitals, Hart with injuries not believed to be life-threatening and the sedan driver with minor injuries. Spurlock said he spoke with Hart Sunday and was told that despite being sore, he was doing fine.
No charges have been filed. DPS is still investigating the crash. Spurlock said he did not know the name of the sedan driver but was told it was a young college student heading back to college.