Thursday, April 27, 2006


Two dead in US 175 wreck
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–A Loon Bay woman and a Terrell man are dead after the car they were in ran into the median strip and into a concrete culvert along U.S. Highway 175 near Fair Road in Kaufman.
Rebecca Newman, 19, daughter of Dr. Wallace and Dr. Norma Newman of Gun Barrel City, was driving her 2004 black Ford Mustang eastbound on US 175 along with passenger Robert Dean White, 24, of Terrell, according to police reports.
Police got the call about the wreck about 2 a.m. Saturday.
Apparently, Newman lost control of her car as she was leaving Kaufman at the slight curve about 1,050 feet from the intersection of Fair Road. The vehicle slid into the median with its center ditch, hitting the concrete culvert head on.
According to the police report, failure to control speed was a factor in the fatal accident.
Newman was a member of the U.S. Navy and a Mabank High School graduate. She was currently attending Trinity Valley Community College.

Teacher injured Monday in Mabank accident.

Teacher injured in wreck
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Shortly before noon Monday, Eustace Primary School teacher Sandra Thompson, driving a white Mustang convertible, attempted to cross U.S. Highway 175 at the Business 175 intersection.
Thompson’s Mustang was hit broadside on the driver’s side by an eastbound Mercedes S500 driven by Helen Hammer of Dallas.
Thompson’s husband was a passenger in the Mustang and was reportedly not injured.
Thompson was trapped in her vehicle for approximately an hour, as Mabank first responders cut through the entangled metal holding her.
The eastbound side of U.S. 175 was closed for more than an hour, allowing for an East Texas Medical Center helicopter to land and transport Thompson to ETMC hospital in Tyler.
The Kemp Fire Department also responded, bringing a tool referred to as a “ram,” used to push back the cut parts of her car, including the steering column.
Friends reported she sustained several injuries, but is listed in stable condition.
Mabank Police Officer Ed Hines said the department received a call about the accident at 12:01 p.m., and responded to the scene by 12:04 p.m.
Hammer had family in the area and was taken by her brother-in-law, Jack Salter, to Dallas, Hines said.
Hammer’s husband was called and made provisions for her to be seen by an orthopedist, as she sustained injuries to both her knees.
Hines said both vehicles were totaled.