Milam records eighth traffic death

At presstime Wednesday the Department of Public of Safety was still in the process of notifying next of kin after Milam County recorded its eighth traffic fatality of the 2009 near Rockdale.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene, about six miles south of Rockdale on FM 908 about 5:15 a.m.

One vehicle ran off the road and into a fence. No other details were available from Trooper David Delukie and Sgt. Michael Nix.

Sgt. Nix told The Reporter from the scene the deceased's name could not be released until next of kin were notified.

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Two Rockdale women were treated at Scott & White Hospital after a 9:40 a.m. Tuesday morning highway accident just north of Minerva on US 77.

Gracile Lillard, 53, and her mother, Wilma Jones, 88, were released from Scott & White Tuesday afternoon, according to Roberta Pounders, employee of Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home.

Lillard works at Phillips & Luckey and Jones is the widow of Clyde Jones, who owned and operated Phillips & Luckey for many years.

"They're pretty sore and Mrs. Jones has a broken clavicle but they're going to be all right," Pounders said.

State Trooper Mark Berry said the women were northbound in a car driven by Lillard when the car in front of them veered to the right shoulder, then made a u-turn across the highway.

The collision ensued.

Berry said the driver of that vehicle, 70-year-old Mary Boyd of Rockdale, was not injured.

Damages were termed extensive.

Ironically, Lillard and Jones were headed to Scott & White when the accident occurred.

"Gracile was taking her mother to a doctor's appointment," Pounders said.

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