1:45 p.m. UPDATE: The San Angelo Police Department has identified the police officer who was injured in a crash with entrapment on Humble Road and US Hwy 87N Tuesday morning as 32-year veteran Fred Dietz Jr., a 52-year old police sergeant.
According to the SAPD release, Dietz was traveling westbound on Humble Road and stopped at the stop sign before the crash occurred. At some point, the release said, Dietz proceeded from the stop in an attempt to cross 87 when a utility truck that was traveling northbound in the right lane collided with Dietz’s vehicle.
The force of the collision caused Dietz’s unmarked, white-colored 2010 Dodge Charger to pivot around and continue to travel across northbound traffic lanes and into the median towards the west side of 87. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision and Dietz’s front airbag deployed.
Dietz was extricated from his vehicle by San Angelo Fire Department personnel and transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of incapacitating injuries. Because of the severity of the injuries, Dietz was subsequently flown to a trauma care facility in the Dallas.
The utility truck’s driver, a 36-year-old resident of San Angelo and employee of Concho Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc., was not injured during the crash. The 2015 Freightliner has an estimated gross weight of 52,940 lbs.
Several patrol officers and traffic investigators responded to the scene to divert traffic and conduct an investigation. The SAPD also issued a Nixle alert to citizens to avoid traveling the area.
At the conclusion of the field investigation, Dietz’s failure to yield to oncoming traffic was determined to be a contributing factor to the crash and a citation for failure to yield the right of way will be issued.
There is no indication at this time that the truck’s driver was traveling at an excessive speed and he did not receive any citations. The posted speed limit along that section of U.S. 87 is 55 mph.
10:45 a.m. UPDATE: According to SAPD Police Chief Tim R. Vasquez officers received a 911 call at 7:50 a.m. about a major crash at Humble Road and US Hwy 87 N, north of San Angelo.
When SAPD officers arrived at the scene they quickly learned it was a severe crash.
“The SAPD officer had to be extracted from the vehicle and was brought to Shannon Emergency,” Vasquez said.
“Currently the officer is in stable condition but has some severe injuries. The injuries appears to be non-life-threatening at the moment, but at the very minimum it will be a very long and painful recovery,” he said.
According to Vasquez, the patrol vehicle was traveling westbound on Humble. At this point they believe he stopped at the stop sign but then as he crossed the northbound lane he was struck on the driver side of the vehicle by a Concho Valley Electrical Co-Op, which then pushed the vehicle across the medium southbound traffic area into the other frontage road.
“Fortunately, we have side airbags in the patrol vehicle,” Vasquez said.
The senior officer who has been with SAPD for quite some time, was on his way to work when the incident happened. He did have a seatbelt and all the airbags were deployed. His name will not be released until the family has been informed.
The driver of the CVEC did not appear to be injured. An assistant chief at the scene made contact with the manager of the company and exchanged information with them.
“The southbound traffic was shut down for a while during the investigation,” Vasquez said. “And it might still be shut down while they are taking pictures”
The officer was still in the emergency room at the time of the press conference and it is unknown what time he will be taken into surgery.
More information will be available later after the SAPD has made contact with the family.
“We ask that the community pray for his recovery. We hope that it wont get bad. He will have a long recovery in front of him. He is a very good officer who has done much for this community. We believe his family will appreciate your thoughts and prayers,” Vasquez said.
ORIGINAL STORY: A San Angelo police officer was injured in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Humble Road and North Bryant Boulevard Tuesday morning.
The San Angelo Police Department received a 911 call about a major crash at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday.
An officer at the scene said a Concho Valley Electric Co-Op truck was traveling northbound on Bryant and a white Dodge Charger, driven by a San Angelo Police Department officer, was traveling west on Humble Road. The Charger stopped at the stop sign and pulled out in front of the CVEC truck.
The driver of the Charger was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance.
San Angelo NOW’s Maria Hagland is at a press conference at Shannon and will post an update as soon as possible.