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March 27th, 2010
Car wreck chokes downtown traffic for two hours

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A three-car wreck caused a downtown traffic tie-up during Friday evening rush hour. Photo by Andy Sevilla.

By ANDY SEVILLA
Associate Editor

A three-car collision involving a San Marcos police officer paralyzed the downtown stretch of Hopkins Street for nearly two hours Friday evening.

San Marcos police said the call reporting the wreckage came in at 6:22 p.m.

The collision prompted law enforcement officials to shut down Hopkins Street from LBJ Drive to Guadalupe Street.

“We closed the street down about five minutes after the call came in, as soon as the first officer arrived,” said San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Sergeant Kelly Earnest.

SMPD Officer Kye Kennedy was transported to Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) with non-life threatening injuries after being struck by one of the vehicles, Earnest said.

Remnants of the accident were evident long after the collision as a red Buick Century was lodged backwards on the brick pot planters on a corner of Hopkins Street and LBJ Drive. A black Ford Mustang was the lone car able to be driven away. The San Marcos Fire Department cleared broken glass and debris from the street. The Buick and a police cruiser were towed away minutes before Hopkins reopened at about 8:05 p.m.

Earnest said the Texas highway patrol is investigating the case. No citations were immediately issued.

Texas Department of Public Safety officers also were present on scene, assisting with traffic flow, which was diverted around the Hays County Courthouse during rush hour.

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0 thoughts on “Car wreck chokes downtown traffic for two hours

  1. What shabby reporting. This story doesn’t give me a clue as to what happened. How did the officer get hit? The police cruiser got hit, too? How are the other people that were involved? There are just way too many gaps.

  2. You are very critical in your comments to the reporter, who is doing you a service by covering the accident.

    You can write up your formal complaint when you mail in your subscription fee this month..

    The fine details of the accident will be covered in the accident report and in court, if you are still interested at that point.

    I think it would be a liability for Newstreamz to interpret the cause of the accident, both for itself and for those involved.

    For your information, the officer driving by on Hopkins in his car was hit (and injured) by a car backing out of parking, which in turn bounced off of the cruiser, into oncoming traffic on LBJ, was hit by the third car and spun around into its resting position, on the sidewalk.

    I hope that calms your need for more information.

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