Two accidents on State Highway 144, barely a week apart and only a few miles apart, resulted in one fatality and several injuries.
Bhanmattie Singh, 84, of Granbury was pronounced dead at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. She was severely injured after a two-vehicle accident last Thursday morning and transported to Fort Worth by CareFlite.
The accident occurred near the Somervell Floors business on Highway 144 several miles north of the U.S. 67 intersection and just south of the Hood County line.
Singh was a passenger in a car driven by her daughter, Yetrawtee (Yetra) Pillay Mock, 64, also of Granbury. She also was injured and remains at John Peter Smith Hospital.
The driver of the other car, Toby Dillon Haynes, 23, was taken to Glen Rose Medical Center by Air Evac helicopter and was treated and released.
Both cars sustained major damage in the accident. The cause remains under investigation.
Two other crashes kept officers in the Somervell County Sheriff’s Department and fire fighters with the Somervell County Fire Department, as well as paramedics, busy on Monday.
Early Monday afternoon, three cars were involved in an accident on the north side of the State 144-U.S. 67 intersection. Several injured victims were treated at Glen Rose Medical Center.
And in another accident that occurred later that afternoon, a tractor-trailer truck overturned on FM 199 north of U.S. 67, partially blocking the roadway. The driver was not injured.
Law enforcement officials and wrecking service crews said that U.S. 67 and State Highway 144 remain two of the most dangerous highways locally. The Texas Department of Transportation reported that in 2008 there were five fatal crashes in Somervell County, resulting in six fatalities, and 47 serious injury crashes, with 64 serious injuries. The county’s total number of crashes in 2008, the most recent year for which TxDot statistics are available, was 205.