Hood County avoided any major power outages or multi-vehicle pileups during the extended period of icy conditions that began with sleet falling Dec. 5, but the human toll was more significant.
Icy conditions appeared to have contributed to the deaths of two Hood County residents – J Miles Horner, 63, on Saturday in Parker County, and James Stacy Oneal, 45, Wednesday in Oak Trail Shores. Many other area residents suffered broken bones and had to be treated at Lake Granbury Medical Center.
From Friday through Tuesday, 73 patients were treated at LGMC after falling, according to hospital spokeswoman Dixie Lee Hedgecock.
She noted that many hospital employees went beyond the call of duty during the busy time frame.
“We had many employees sleep overnight at the hospital to care for patients, and several stayed for multiple days without going home,” Hedgecock said.
Action Wrecker Service office manager Angela Littlepage said that with snow chains on their truck, owner/operator David Deeson was able to rescue stuck vehicles during the key early days. “I know he was gone every day from 6:30 until 9:30,” Littlepage said. “Saturday was the busiest. Friday and Saturday he estimated he had about 18 calls a day, and turned down that many.”
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