Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tragedy Strikes in the Heart of Texas





The small rural town of Cross Plains, Texas has had its shares of trauma in recent years and again in true small town community spirit, the long reaching tentacles of Cross Plains, Texas reaches out and connects families and friends of those currently living in and those who are physically, but not emotionally, away from this community.

Lives were eternally changed today when a head on collision claimed three lives on Hwy 36 (a stretch of road that runs to Abilene, Texas approximately 40 miles) and a fourth person has come out of surgery and is in ICU.

I personally would like to thank the First Responders, The Cross Plains Volunteer Fire Department, the Paramedics, and the drivers of other vehicles who stopped and did what they could until the on call personnel arrived on scene and tended to the tragedy of today’s wreckage. With a community as small as Cross Plains, there won’t be anyone who is untouched by Jan. 28, 2013 4 p.m. event.

Arguments have been started on the cause of the accident – publicly on a newspage on facebook. Whether this accident occurred by drivers being distracted, texting, speeding, talking on phone, eating, or adjusting the radio – this is a horrible time. People, let us have some sensitivity to the tragedy that has occurred here and allow the families to grieve. Allow the police to do their jobs. 

Several someone’s have lost family members. Sons and daughters no longer have a father. Parents no longer have a son. Wives’ no longer have a husband.

Be sensitive.

Unfortunately this is the latest tragedy in a rash of accidents that has occurred in the Abilene, Texas area. 
An 18 year old young man was killed and his 23 year old female passenger critically injured when an SUV hit them. 
A two car collision occurred and killed a father and two college students and injured four other college students.

Ladies and Gentlemen who might take the time to read this – I am no saint and have made a lot of errors within my own driving skills but I hope the reality of these accidents in the past few days and the picture shown above brings each of us to a heightened state of awareness as we get behind the wheel each day and go about our business. 

I encourage you to stop for a moment and remember these families as they grieve. Grief knows no boundaries – it lasts for years. Your life and the lives of those around you are precious.

Be safe, and alert my friends and families and God Bless you. 

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