18-wheeler hits police chief while directing traffic near school

Posted at 8:59 AM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 19:22:12-04

An initially published version of this story indicated the chief had died in the summary, this was a tip News Channel 25 was given and was not intended to be made public. We regret the error.

The Groesbeck police chief is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after he was stuck by an 18-wheeler Tuesday morning.

He is expected to make a full recovery. Officials with Groesbeck PD said he would most likely be staying in the hospital overnight.

A Groesbeck ISD official said that Chief Chris Henson was directing traffic at the intersection of Highway 14 and 164 when the crash happened around 8 a.m. He was brought to the Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, according to the Groesbeck Police Department. 

Henson has just finished crossing guard duties for a nearby school when he went to direct traffic, the district official said.

Viewers tell News Channel 25 that the traffic lights at the intersection had been "acting up" for the last few days.

Henson had directed the driver of an 18-wheeler to turn left from Highway 164 on to Highway 14. As the driver turned left, the back of the trailer struck Henson.

A manager at Josie's Drive-In Groceries, Sonya Gordon, told News Channel 25 that she saw the surveillance footage from her store of the crash. After the crash, people in the intersection rushed to help Henson.

"Everybody that was at the intersection immediately got out of their vehicles and ran out there," said Gordon.

Officials say he was alert and talking when he got into the ambulance.

"I did see his leg move and his arm move. And when they were putting him in the ambulance, I saw him cover his face with his arm so I knew that he was at least alive," said Gordon.

No one else was injured in the incident.

Henson also works as the city's administrator.

DPS is investigating the incident. They are working to map out the intersection to determine what happened. 

Back in October, a Midway ISD crossing guard was also struck while on duty. She only suffered minor injuries.

This is a developing story.

News Channel 25's Taylor Durden contributed to this story. 

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