BPD cruiser, BCISD trailer crash on US 281; Authorities blame rain-slicked roadways, runoff flooding

Frank Shubert and contributed
Crews worked back-to-back crashes Sept. 7 after a Burnet CISD band equipment trailer collided with a passenger vehicle (pictured above) on U.S. 281 near the Park Road 4 intersection. A second accident occurred shortly after when a Burnet Police Department patrol unit responding to the scene of the first crash, hydroplaned off U.S. 281 and struck a tree.






By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

As weekend thunderstorms swept through the Highland Lakes, a rain-slicked roadway contributed to several crashes Sept. 7 including a Burnet police officer patrol unit responding to another collision involving a Burnet Consolidated Independent School District band equipment trailer.

The accident involving the BCISD band trailer and a second vehicle occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 on U.S. 281 just north of the PR 4 intersection.

The BCISD vehicle towing an equipment trailer en route to a football game in Marble Falls (See story, P. 6), collided with a passenger car in the 6500 block of South U.S. 281, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office report.

A Burnet Police Department vehicle, responding to assist crews at that wreck, then crashed on U.S. 281 about a half-mile north of PR 4 in the vicinity of the first crash.

“He hydroplaned, lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree,” Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson said.

The officer was transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to a nearby emergency room. He was treated and released a few hours later.

“He'll be back to work this week,” Nelson said.

The Burnet County Sheriff's Office is investigating the initial collision, involving the band trailer.

“There was one female pinned in the (passenger) vehicle,” Burnet County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Jett said. “She was transported by ambulance (to an area ER).” Information about her condition is pending.

During the crash, crews shutdown the U.S. 281 northbound lanes for about two hours.

Authorities say road conditions during wet weather have contributed to a string of collisions in that area of the highway.

“There's been several wreck in that area for the past two years. (Rainwater) is running across 281 (at that location) instead of alongside 281,” Nelson said. “TXDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) is aware of it. They're supposed to resurface it.”

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