WFPD reminds drivers to stay alert following multiple wrecks

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls Police are urging people to slow down and pay attention when behind the wheel after they responded to multiple car accidents Tuesday.

Within 12 hours at least four wrecks were confirmed.

The latest one happened around 7:15 p.m. at the intersection of Barnett and Southwest Parkway.

Police said two people were taken to the hospital after a work truck traveling eastbound on Southwest Parkway collided with a car that was trying to turn on Barnett.

Around 12:00 a.m. officers said the man driving the truck was flown to a hospital in Fort Worth, and the woman, who was driving the car, is being treated at United Regional.

Officers said witnesses told them both drivers were trying to beat a red light.

A stoplight ended up being knocked down off a pole after being slammed into by the truck.

Due to the damage, officers said lights at that intersection will be flashing or a sign will be put up until it is fixed.

Another car wreck happened a little after 5 p.m. on the Lloyd Ruby overpass, leaving a mess in the road.

At one point, traffic was backed up to Maurine street.

No word on what happened or how the people involved are doing.

Just before noon, two multiple vehicle accidents happened on Kell West near Brook. Those took place within an hour of each other at the same spot.

Police said both accidents were similar in that the first car was hit, then another and another.

One person was taken to the hospital after the first crash, but no injuries were reported in the second.

Police believe construction work in that area played a role in both wrecks.

Stay with Newschannel 6 as we work to learn more about these accidents.

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