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2013-01-17

F'burg man dies in 3-vehicle crash at Camp Verde

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

One man was killed and three others injured after a three-vehicle wreck involving a Bandera County ambulance on Highway 173 North near Camp Verde Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 8.
Glenn Sellars, 59, of Fredericksburg, was taken to Peterson Regional Medical Center, where he died in the emergency room that afternoon.
The Bandera County ambulance, Medic 1, with two EMS personnel on board, was transporting a patient to Kerrville.
According to reports, Sellars' dark blue Mustang and a silver Toyota Tacoma pickup crashed into each other just north of the intersection at Camp Verde and 173 around 2:15 pm. The Mustang apparently drove into oncoming traffic, hitting the Toyota, which then hit the ambulance.
As of Monday, Jan. 14, both EMS personnel had returned home from the hospital and were doing well. The patient did not suffer any injuries as a result of the accident.
Cindy Martin, county EMS director, was vacationing in New Mexico at the time of the crash. In a telephone interview, she said when she heard the news, she was ready to get on a plane and fly home immediately. She was shortly in touch with her injured people by phone and was reassured that they were okay and well taken care of.
"They're just so lucky to be alive," said Martin, "and I am so thankful."
John Stith, county fire marshal, reported that Medina, Bandera and Center Point Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as the Kerrville Fire Department, quickly converged on the scene to assist.
"They set up lines to protect the victims," said Stith. "The ambulance doors were so crushed that the Jaws of Life had to be used to free the driver." The driver did not have life-threatening injuries, however.
Air Life was called, but due to the rain and low overcast, was unable to fly.
Stith had high praise for all of the various departments and agencies from both counties that worked the scene. "The operational part of it went very well, very smoothly."
In addition to EMS and VFD personnel, the tragic scene was attended by DPS troopers out of Bandera and Kerrville, Bandera County Sheriff's Office deputies and Bandera County constables, and law enforcement from Kerr County.
As of Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, the accident was still under investigation by DPS.

Courtesy photo
The driver of this Mustang was killed as the result of a three-vehicle wreck involving a Bandera County ambulance Tuesday, Jan. 8.