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Accident damages Sheriff department vehicle

Monday afternoon about 5:00 p.m. a car ran into the back of a semi- east of town on Hwy 60 at FM 3140 in the westbound lanes. The accident was not major. First responders were not dispatched.

While DPS Troopers investigated the accident, Sheriff deputies were on scene directing traffic. A westbound Ford pickup driven by an elderly Farwell man slammed into the rear of a Sheriff’s Department Ford Expedition, knocking the vehicle 20 feet across the highway into the center median. The deputies were outside the vehicle and managed to jump out of the way of the collision.

Friona EMS and firemen were then dispatched to the scene. The pickup driver was treated at the scene by EMS and transported home by his wife. Westbound Hwy 60 was closed and traffic diverted onto southbound FM 3140. One lane of eastbound Hwy 60 was also closed briefly.

Sheriff Geries said that the sun may have been a factor in the collision. The pickup driver’s dog was thrown out of the bed of the truck but Sheriff Geries said he jumped back into the truck bed after the collision. The department’s 2011 Ford Expedition with about 58,000 miles was totaled in the accident.

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Doug Van Noy, an insurance adjuster from Amarillo, assesses damage to the Parmer County Sheriff department’s 2011 Ford Expedition that was damaged in a collision east of town Monday evening. The vehicle was struck by a Ford pickup while deputies were assisting with another traffic accident. At lower right, underneath the vehicle, is the front bumper and license plate from the pickup.