DPS troopers are urging drivers to slow down and pay attention. That's because the holiday weekend is already proving dangerous.
Six people are being treated at Covenant Medical Center for injuries they received in this collision near Shallowater. The details and extent of injuries are unavailable at this point. It happened just after 7 p.m. Friday evening off FM 1294 and County Road 2000.
Lubbock Sheriff Chief Deputy Paul Scarborough was injured in another accident. He and his wife were driving down Indiana on a motorcycle just after 6 p.m. Friday when another car turned in front of them. Scarborough says he tried to move out of the way but he couldn't avoid running into the car on his motorcycle. Both he and his wife suffered moderate injuries. The man driving the car was arrested for outstanding traffic tickets.
Just before 11 a.m. Friday, a driver escaped his truck just seconds before the cab caught fire. DPS troopers say Rocky Perez overcorrected and rolled his dump truck off FM 1729 in north Lubbock County. He was able to crawl out of the cab before it burst into flames.
It's accidents like the ones on Friday, that have DPS trooper sending this warning.
Corporal John Gonzalez warns, "The troopers will be looking for any and all violations occurring. We urge people to slow down. Speed is a factor in most crashes as well as distractions inside and outside the car so pay attention to your driving. We've had a number of ejections lately so please buckle up."
The Click It or Ticket campaign will be in effect through July 4th at midnight.