Tree limb in roadway results in accident on NE Loop 286

Paris police and EMSAn accident occurred Tuesday morning in the 2800 block of Paris’ northeast loop, near the flea market, when an 85-year-old Oklahoma woman stopped and was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old Paris woman.

Curtis Garrett, spokesman for the Paris Police Department, said the first car — A 2007 Jeep Cherokee — stopped because of a large tree limb obstructing the lane, and the driver of a 2008 Ford F350 pickup was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.

The 85-year-old woman from Clayton, Okla., and her 88-year-old passenger were transported to Paris Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries and released, Garrett said.

The driver of the pickup was taken to the same hospital by a private vehicle and also was treated and released, Garrett said.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.