Darrell Todd Maurina
A Cannon Air Force Base airman was flown to a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday afternoon following a crash that shut down traffic on Mabry Drive in Clovis for nearly two hours.
Staff Sgt. Stewart W. Hughes of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was flown to a Lubbock hospital via air ambulance. As of Thursday evening he was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center.
Clovis police said the airman was driving a 2001 Honda eastbound on 3300 East Mabry Drive and attempted to make a left turn into a business when the collision occurred with a 1995 Kenworth tractor-trailer. The truck was heading westbound on Mabry.
Police said neither the truck driver nor a passenger in the truck reported any injuries. Hughes was extracted from the car by Clovis Fire Department personnel, who transported the driver to Plains Regional Medical Center.
Police withheld the names of the truck driver and passenger pending completion of the crash investigation.
Capt. Dan Blair of the Clovis Police Department said the office has special procedures for dealing with major crashes and was able to reroute traffic on Mabry, which at that point serves U.S. Routes 60, 70, and 84, on a one-mile detour through town.
“Initially at the scene we had two officers helping with the accident, two for traffic control, and due to the seriousness of what it could be, we called in the major crash team, so there were seven officers at the scene,” Blair said. “When I got there, basically they already had it under control, but traffic was backed up about a quarter mile before they got it cleared out.”
No citations have been issued, Blair said.
Blair said the department’s major crash team is called out only for the worst collisions in the city and brings patrol officers and supervisors with extensive experience in crash investigations to help with crashes even if they are off-duty at the time.