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US 77 wreck claims driver

One killed, four injured in three-vehicle crash near Minerva


Emergency crews, volunteer firefighters and DPS troopers work at the site of a fatal crash the night before Thanksgiving on US 77 north of Minerva. A 22-year-old Wyoming man died at the scene and four persons were injured. Heavy holiday traffic, on the major north-south highway was blocked or slowed for four hours, including a barricade at the US 77-79 intersection in Rockdale. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Emergency crews, volunteer firefighters and DPS troopers work at the site of a fatal crash the night before Thanksgiving on US 77 north of Minerva. A 22-year-old Wyoming man died at the scene and four persons were injured. Heavy holiday traffic, on the major north-south highway was blocked or slowed for four hours, including a barricade at the US 77-79 intersection in Rockdale. Reporter/Mike Brown The Thanksgiving holiday driving period turned deadly on its first night last Wednesday as a 22-year-old Wyoming man died, and four persons were taken to Scott & White Hospital, after a head-on collision on US 77 north of Minerva.

Roman Alfaro, of Evanston, Wyoming, was pronounced dead at the scene, near the intersection of US 77 and County Road 230, by Justice of the Peace Andy Isaacs, following the 8:31 p.m. collision.

DPS Sgt. David Yarbrough said Alfaro was the driver of a northbound 2002 Volvo, which was attempting to pass an 18-wheeler.

“ The Volvo was the second vehicle going around the truck in a no-passing zone,” Yarbrough told The Reporter. “The first vehicle made it. This one didn’t.”

Yarbrough said Alfaro’s car collided head-on with a southbound Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Judy Richards, 55, of Weatherford.

Two passengers in the Alfaro vehicle sustained “serious injuries,” according to the DPS and were taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Jose Alfaro- Galvez, 76, of Evanston, Wyoming—identified as Roman Alfaro’s father—was flown by Star Flight helicopter, according to the DPS.

Agustin Alfaro, 35, of Fort Worth, brother of the deceased, was taken to the Temple hospital by AMR ambulance.

Yarbrough said Roman Alfaro was not wearing his seat belt while the other two passengers in the Volvo were wearing seat belts.

Richards and her passenger, 58-year-old Jennifer Richards of Kemp, were also taken to Scott & White by AMR ambulance crew.

Yarbrough said both women were wearing seat belts.

Jason Caine, 55, of Oklahoma City, driver of the 2004 Freightliner truck rig, was not injured, according to the DPS.

“After the collision, the Volvo veered over and struck the truck trailer, disabling the vehicle,” Yarbrough said. “The trucker told us he did not see the accident but heard a loud ‘pop,’ felt a bump, thought first he’d had a blowout, and the truck rolled to a stop.”

Both cars were totaled and the truck trailer sustained extensive damage.

RE-ROUTING—State Trooper James Brooks responded to the accident scene, assisted by Yarbrough and Troopers Donald DeLukie, Josh Cashion and David Grote.

The Cameron and Minerva Volunteer Fire Departments responded. Members of the Rockdale VFD assisted with re-routing the heavy traffic around the fatal accident scene.

Yarbrough said traffic was re-routed at the Y-intersection outside Cameron and also in Rockdale.

“US 77 was blocked for about four hours,” he said. “It was pretty close to midnight before it was fully open again.”


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