One Night, One Location, Two Accidents. Sigh….Great.
And to add to the list of pedestrian and vehicular accidents that occurred this late October more were added this past weekend. Buckle up Bucaroos, because this was a long night for everyone involved.
At 10:00 P.M., on Saturday, October 22nd a 44-year-old woman walking at South Western Street and Shelby Drive was struck by an oncoming minivan. Police and an ambulance were called shortly after and the woman was taken to a hospital, with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the minivan was not injured and after everything was cleared by police, the cleanup crew was sent to the site.
In any normal case that would be the end of it; emergency workers take care of the situation, those injured are taken to the hospital and the cleanup crew clears up the scene. But with all that has happened in Amarillo recently from hostage situations to robberies, that would be too simple, wouldn't it?
After the accident and the initial response by emergency workers, cleanup crews were called in. While in the middle of clearing up Western and Shelby, a vehicle reportedly crashed into the tow truck responsible for towing the minivan involved in the accident.
According to public release statements on Amarillo Police Department's website and Sergeant Burr with the APD, a drunk driver had crashed into the tow truck. The driver was arrested and charged with DWI, and thankfully this time nobody was hurt. Sadly for police and towing crews, this meant that they had a much longer evening ahead of them. Whether another tow truck was required to tow the damaged tow truck is unknown, but you can say that this was an exhausting night for all parties involved.
So Remember Amarillo, be careful when walking and for the love of all that is good, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!!