A truck driver for Hemphill County was killed Monday afternoon, and a former Hemphill County commissioner and his wife were seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of US 83 and SH 33 8 miles south of Canadian.
According to a report by Senior Trooper Chris Ray of the Texas Highway Patrol, Hemphill County employee Jarry Kelly, 48, was driving a 2004 Mack truck towing a dump trailer northbound on US 83 around 1:40 pm Monday. As he approached the intersection with SH 33, he collided with a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban driven by John Ramp, 75, who was accompanied by wife Al’Louse, 73.
After stopping at the intersection of US 83 and SH 33, Ramp failed to yield right-of-way and drove into the path of Kelly’s truck, which struck the Suburban on the passenger side, spinning it around in the roadway. Kelly’s truck then struck a 2005 Peterbilt hauling a trailer, which was parked on the right shoulder of the US 83 facing north, occupied by driver Christopher Chance Walker, 25, of Ada, Oklahoma.
Following impact, Kelly’s truck overturned and burst into flames, trapping the driver inside. Kelly was later pronounced dead at the scene by Hemphill County Justice of the Peace Larry Dunnam.
Both Al’Louse and John Ramp were extricated from the Suburban by Canadian firefighters and Hemphill County EMS paramedics, who stabilized the two victims and moved them to a waiting ambulance. Al’Louise was transported by LifeStar helicopter to Amarillo’s Northwest Texas Hospital in serious condition. John was taken by ambulance to Hemphill County Hospital in stable condition. He was examined and then transferred to Northwest. Walker was also taken to Hemphill County Hospital, where he was treated and released.
According to family friends, the Ramps were both admitted to Northwest’s Intensive Care Unit. Al’Louse was in surgery Monday evening for injuries to to her neck. John was expected to undergo surgery for a broken back on Tuesday.