By Will Johnson
GRAPELAND – A wreck on U.S. Highway 287 briefly closed the northbound traffic lanes of U.S. Highway 287 on Thursday afternoon, June 8.
The collision occurred at approximately 2:40 p.m. and involved a silver Mazda 3 sedan and a blue and gray Ford F-150 pickup truck.
According to Grapeland Police Chief Don Myers, initial indications appeared to show the wreck was caused by the F-150’s failure to yield the right of way.
The police chief said it appeared the F-150 was crossing U.S. 287 traveling east on FM 228 and failed to see the Mazda traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 287.
The pickup had stopped at the first stop sign at the intersection of the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 287 and FM 228 as well as the second stop sign at the intersection of the northbound lanes, according to Myers.
However, Myers indicated when the pickup attempted to cross the northbound lanes, the driver failed to see the Mazda which resulted in the sedan’s collision with the passenger side of the F-150.
The impact caused both vehicles to spin around and face the direction from where they originally came from.
The driver of the Mazda was airlifted to an area hospital by Houston County Air Rescue while the driver and passenger in the F-150 sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
Myers said the injuries to the driver of the Mazda did not appear to be life threatening, but stressed he could not be absolutely certain.
The crash is currently under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The identities of those involved in the wreck have not been released.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.