Multiple wrecks on 75; 1 fatality, 4 injured.


In a span of a mere 12 hours on Thursday, Sept. 21, there were five wrecks on Highway 75 South between Melissa and Howe.


Around 7:45 a.m., there was a minor accident on 371 and Hwy 75. This accident caused a chain reaction and a multiple vehicle accident.


A UPS semi truck hit four vehicles, killing one and injuring two. Anna Police Lieutenant Jeff Caponera said 25-year-old Nathan Clark from McKinney died on scene.


Around 3 p.m., near Mantua St. and Hwy 75 S, a semi was involved in a wreck. The driver was injured when the rig rolled on its side.


Lt. Caponera attributes the frequent accidents to the continuous construction on the highway and driver inattention.


At approximately 5:30 p.m., there were two more accidents near Howe. Lt. Michael Hill of the Howe Police Department said one accident occurred on Hwy 75 S near exit 54.


“One vehicle in the left lane slowed down, but the vehicle following the first car did not slow,” Hill said. “The cars ended up in the guardrail.” Hill said both cars had one person each, and there were no injuries.


The second accident happened on 75 S Access Road and 902. “Witnesses of the wreck say that a tan sedan heading south stopped at the stop sign at 902,” Hill said. “However, the sedan failed to yield to the SUV traveling eastbound.”


The driver of the sedan was transported to Wilson N. Jones with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the SUV and her passenger were not injured.