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Wet roads to blame for string of Wednesday morning accidents


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Emergency personnel scrambled to cover three single-vehicle accidents that occurred almost the same time — and on the same three-mile stretch of Hwy. 287 — Wednesday morning.

Wet roads were to blame for the accidents, which happened at about 8 a.m., and within a mile of the Jolly overpass. Only one driver was injured in the accidents.

Madchen Bishop, 21, of Nocona, was traveling north in a 2009 Mitsubishi four-door coupe when she lost control of the vehicle and spun into the center median as she was coming off of the overpass. Bishop’s car struck a lamp post that had been knocked down in a previous accident.

South of Jolly, Michael Rutherford, 42, of Plano, was northbound on Hwy. 287 when he lost control of the 2006 Chevrolet box truck he was driving. The truck rolled onto the passenger’s side in the center median south of Jolly.

A third vehicle exited the road approximately one-half mile north of the Jolly overpass into the right median and became stuck in the mud. The driver was not injured.

Emergency personnel also responded to an accident on Hwy. 287 north of Henrietta at about 4:45 a.m. In which a vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree, causing multiple injuries. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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