Two lives claimed in separate traffic accidents


The lives of two Cameron residents were taken in accidents over the last week.

A fiery crash just outside of Buckholts early July 13 claimed the life of 24-year-old Sarah Patterson of Cameron and an accident outside of Rockdale on July 16 claimed the life of 68-year-old Daryl Howard of Cameron. 

Cameron Police, Buckholts Fire Department and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded about 4:47 a.m. Thursday, July 13, to the fiery one-vehicle wreck on state Highway 36 near County Road 111, just north of Buckholts. 

Police said one person was in the vehicle when it struck a guardrail, flipped, and then burst into flames. 

DPS troopers said the driver, Patterson, was pronounced dead at the scene. Arrangements are under the direction of  Patterson and Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron.

According to DPS Howard died from injuries sustained in the accident which occured about 11 a.m. Sunday, July 16, on FM 487 near the Juvenile Justice Center just north of Rockdale. 

Troopers said a 2011 Harley Davidson was headed south and failed to negotiate a left-handed curve in the road, striking a road sign and coming to rest in a ditch. Howard, the bike`s driver, was rushed to the hospital and later died. 

There have been eight fatal crashes in Milam County this year.


Trailer Fire

A man is also in critical condition following a trailer fire on Sunday afternoon.

Cameron Fire Department responded just after 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, to a trailer home fire in the 100 block of North Bowie. 

A man in the home, identified as James Martinez, was asleep when the fire sparked, and managed to escape through a window with help from his neighbors. 

Martinez suffered extensive burns and was rushed to Scott & White Hospital in Temple and was then transferred to a burn center in Dallas. Fire Chief Henry Horelica said he is still in critical condition as of Monday.

Horelica said the fire marshal is currently investigating to determine the cause of the blaze but it is not arson.