Captain Jamie “Bull” Graham

McKinney Fire Captain James “Bull” Graham Dies After Off-Duty Crash

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Officials announced on Thursday that McKinney fire captain James “Bull” Graham passed away after an off-duty vehicle crash that occurred earlier this week. Graham had been on life support with family by his side after the accident. He had been with the McKinney Fire Department for over 24 years and was a member of Texas Task Force 2, which provides assistance during urban search and rescue efforts. Graham also worked as an instructor at the Collin College Fire Academy. He is survived by his wife and three adult sons.

News of Captain James “Bull” Graham’s tragic accident sparked an outpouring of support from his friends, family, and colleagues. The McKinney Fire Department has stated that the captain was off duty at the time of the crash, which occurred on Wednesday afternoon near Highway 360 and Power House Street, east of Highway 75. His pickup truck reportedly collided with an 18-wheeler, leaving him with life-threatening injuries. Graham was put on life support, with his wife and three adult sons by his side at the hospital.

Graham was a beloved figure within the McKinney Fire Department, having served with the department since 1999 and rising to the rank of captain seven years ago. He was known as a leader within the department’s Special Operations group, and he played an instrumental role in extrication training efforts across the nation. He was also a member of Texas Task Force 2, which specializes in urban search and rescue situations.

The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, and further details have not been released at this time. The McKinney Fire Department has stated that it will release further updates as they become available.

Ruben Pugo-Garcia Killed in Fort Worth TX Accident

Fort Worth, Texas — Ruben Pugo-Garcia was killed, and another person was injured in a Wednesday afternoon (12/18/2013) car accident near the Alliance Airport.

According to Fort Worth police, the two victims were in the roadway performing an inspection of a manhole in the 14400 block of John Day Road when a gold Ford Thunderbird struck one of the men and rear-ended their work truck at around 1:25 p.m.

32-year-old Ruben Pugo Garcia (identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner on Thursday) was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the 2nd victim was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital with serious injuries. A third person (likely the driver who struck the truck) was treated at the scene an released.

Reports say the truck did not appear to have orange cones or any type of warning devices around it. The driver was not arrested and has yet to be charged.

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Trisha Marie Foulkrod Killed in Buda TX Dump Truck Accident

Buda, Texas — 58-year-old Trisha Marie Foulkrod was killed earlier today when a dump truck hauling sand lost control and fell on top of her car. Also in the vehicle, but surviving the accident, was her grandson.

The crash occurred on FM 1626 near Jerrys Lane at about 6:50 a.m. Monday morning (11/11/2013). Witnesses say that the dump truck, driving West on FM 1626, drove off into the ditch, over corrected and flipped over. Ms. Foulkrod and her grandson were traveling eastbound on FM 1626, when she noticed the dump truck ahead of her. According to the Department of Public Safety, Trisha Foulkrod pulled over in her lane as far as she could go in an effort to avoid a crash. Some reports say the dump truck fell on top of the car, while others lead you to believe that her car was crushed against the road’s guardrail.

The child was secured in a car seat and somehow avoided serious injury in the wreck. Paramedics examined and released the boy to a family member at the scene of the accident.

Phuoc Van Hoang Killed in Katy, TX Truck Accident

Katy Truck AccidentKaty, Texas — 25-year old Phuoc Van Hoang was killed Wednesday morning (10/16/2013) when he was involved in an accident with a commercial truck in Katy, TX.

At about 12:45 a.m. early Wednesday morning, Phuoc Van Hoang was driving west along Spencer Road (AKA Farm to Market Road 529) near Paddock Bend Drive when he came upon an 18-wheeler that had turned into a business’ driveway. In the dark, Mr. Hoang did not see that the truck’s cargo, several steel beams, were sticking out from the rear of the trailer into the street. Phuoc Van Hoang collided with the steel beams and was transferred to Memorial Hermann, where he was pronounced dead shotly thereafter.

Police report that, not only did the driver of the commercial truck not use any type of visable beacon on the rear of his cargo, but he also failed to obtain a proper permit to transport such an oversized load. If the reported facts of this case hold true, it would appear that the trucking company was grossly negligent in this fatal accident.

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Rollover Truck Accident Near Seagraves, TX Kills 5

Rollover Truck Accident

A rollover accident involving a Dodge pickup truck and a GMC pickup truck near Seagraves, Texas has killed five people. The victims were identified as Luis Valenzuela, 26, of Sherman, Texas; Isabel Garcia-De La Cerda, 35, of Sherman, Texas; Romulo Molina, 39, of Sherman, Texas; Juan Carlos Enriquez Mendoza, 31, of Mexico and David Dominguez-Juarez, of Mexico. Ramero Aguilar, a passenger in the Dodge, was hospitalized. Ramon Aguilar, the driver of the Dodge pickup, fled the scene but was later found by troopers and taken to a hospital.

The Dodge appears to have struck the GMC from behind, causing the two vehicles to flip and come to rest in the roadside ditch. Authorities are saying that alcohol may be a factor, but are not ready to confirm at this time.