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Officers Injured in Crashes During Funeral Processions in Houston


Posted on Feb 25, 2009

Two officers were injured in northwest Houston while escorting two separate funeral processions. 

Metro police officer, T.J. Barnes, and a Harris County sheriff’s deputy, were the two injured on Saturday afternoon.  “It is very out of the ordinary,” said Houston Police Department Sgt. L. Lefler regarding the two accidents.  Both crashes occurred within two miles and a couple of hours of each other.

The first collision took place at approximately 1:30 PM when a woman driving a Chevy Tahoe on Lawn Street did not yield at a stop sign and crashed into the Metro police officer who was escorting a funeral procession west on North Victory Drive, said Lefler.

Barnes was ejected from his motorcycle and landed in the grassy area near the median.  He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital – The Texas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.  The woman driving the Tahoe was taken to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital also with non-life-threatening injuries. 

According to officials, Barnes has been with Metro for five years.

The second accident occurred about 3:40 PM when a Harris County sheriff’s deputy escorting a funeral procession on a motorcycle west in the 9400 block of West Montgomery hit a four-door Buick sedan. The Buick attempted to cross the road by pulling in front of the procession, said Lefler.

The deputy was flown to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center by LifeFlight.  He was reported as being in serious, but stable condition.  The driver of the Buick was taken to Memorial Hermann Northwest, but the driver’s condition was not known.

Lefler said that the sheriff’s office will be leading the investigation into the crash that injured the deputy.

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