A three-car wreck caused a downtown traffic tie-up during Friday evening rush hour. Photo by Andy Sevilla.
By ANDY SEVILLA
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.Email | Print