The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 114, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 2, 2004 Page: 4 of 28
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THURSDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2004
THE CANADIAN RECORD
Update on wreck victim
Jason Piekard, who was critically injured
August 14 in a one-car accident on Highway
60, is still hospitalized, according to his mother,
Cathy Piekard. He is in ICU at University Med-
ical Center in Lubbock in critical, but stable,
condition. Cards can be sent to his grandmoth-
er, Jessie Or f, 402 N. Hale, Tulia, TX 79088 or
to UMC, 602 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX.
DPS troopers enforce Drink, Drive, Go to Jail
Texas drivere can expect to see a large po-
lice presence on the roadways over the Labor
Day weekend. The Texas Department of Pub-
lic Safety will have all available troopers on the
roadways from Friday, September 3, through
Monday, September 6, targeting speeders, seat
belt violators and drunk drivers.. "If you plan to
drink, you should plan not to drive," said Col.
Thomas A. Davis Jr., director of the DPS. "Law
enforcement officers across the state will be
looking for you, and they will take you to jail if
you are driving drunk." Drink, Drive, Go to Jail
is part of a nationwide crackdown aimed at en-
forcing DWI laws and reducing alcohol-related
deaths and injuries during the Labor Day holi-
day period. Last year, DPS made 620 DWI ar-
rests during the Labor Day holiday. "Our job is
to make sure the highways are safe for everyone,
so drivers who insist on endangering others run
a much higher risk of getting a ticket or going to
jail this holiday weekend," Davis said. DPS also
is a participant in Operation CARE—Combined
Accident Reduction Effort—a nationwide effort
by police agencies to reduce fatalities during
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
at City Hall.
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Two Halliburton trucks collide
south o anadian late riday
Two International tractor-trailer rigs hauling cement for Hal-
liburton Oil Co. collided late Friday evening at the intersection of
Farm-to-Market 1268 and U.S. Highway 83 south of Canadian.
The wreck occurred when one truck failed to stop and plowed into
the rear end of the other, which had stopped at the intersection
before entering the highway.
Driver Jeffrey Seyler, 33, told investigating DPS trooper Da-
vid Edwards that his throttle stuck, and he was unable to avoid
striking the other truck, driven by 30-year-old Justin McDonald.
The rear-end collision occurred with such force that the McDon-
ald's truck was propelled through the intersection and some dis-
tance down FM 1268 to the east, dragging the other truek's front
bumper between its axles.
The collision left a trail of diesel, debris and transmission
fluid spread across a mile-long stretch of road, and brought a
fleet of emergency vehicles into the full moon-lit night. Flashing
emergency lights were answered by the lights from the numerous
rigs which have sprouted in southeastern Hemphill County, and
across the line in Wheeler County.
Both trucks had just left a nearby job site when the accident
took plax e around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Neither driver was seri-
ously injured, although the collision demolished the front end of
Hemphill County EMS transported McDonald to the hospital
in Canadian, and thenonto Amarillo's NorthwestTexas Hospital,
where he was examined for possible head and neck injuries, given
an MRI and then released. Seyler was transported to the hos-
pital in Wheeler, where he was treated for minor injuries which
included a cut hand and punctured ankle, and then released.
Trooper Edwards, who was joined at the scene by Hemphill
County Sheriffs deputies, Canadian fire department volunteers,
and paramedics from Hemphill County EMS, said he found no
skid marks at the scene and was unable to calculate the speed
of Seyler's truck. He cited the driver for failure to control his
The wreckage and emergency lights greeted Wildcat football
fans as they headed home from Friday's game against Mem-
phis—a grim reminder as the season begins that not all Friday
night lights are golden.
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Brown, Laurie Ezzell. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 114, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 2, 2004, newspaper, September 2, 2004; Canadian, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth220645/m1/4/: accessed January 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.