Man injured in pick-up, dump truck wreck

Glasses he was wearing stuck in windshield..

TEAGUE CHIEF OF POLICE, Dennis Cox, (top photo) writes a report near the mangled Ford Ranger pick-up involved in the January 3rd accident on Dew Highway.

Another cell phone related accident sent a Centerville man to the hospital with serious injuries on Thursday, January 3, 2013, on Dew Highway in Teague.

In a report filed by Chief Dennis Cox of the Teague Police Department, at approximately 11:00 a.m. on the 3rd of January, a 2005 Ford Ranger pick-up, driven by Jacob Tarpley, 18, of Centerville, was traveling east on Highway 179, when Tarpley reached for a cell phone that had fallen on the floor of the pick-up. A 2007 Kenworth dump truck, driven by Jose Merino Garcia was traveling west on Highway 179 at the exact time that Tarpley reached for the phone, veered across the center line and struck the dump truck.

The front windshield was broken and pushed out by the head of the passenger in the Ranger. Visible is the frame of the sunglasses that he was wearing at the time of the impact.

Garcia was uninjured and Tarpley received minor injuries. However, 28-year-old Blake Nicholson of Centerville, a passenger in the Ranger, was thrown against the windshield sustaining serious injuries. Nicholson was taken to Hillcrest Hospital in Waco by medical helicopter. According to Chief Cox, Thursday night Nicholson was taken in to surgery for a broken hip and facial lacerations.

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