Children play in the fountains in front of the Solano County Government Center Tuesday, as Fairfield police, firefighters and ambulance personnel extricate a driver and two passengers from a car crash. The three occupants were taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Texas Street crash injures 3

By From page A3 | May 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A crash in front of the Solano County Government Center sent three people to the hospital late Tuesday afternoon after the Dodge Grand Caravan they were in slammed into a palm tree on Texas Street just before Jefferson Street, according to the Fairfield Police Department.

Parents watching their children at the fountain at about 4:40 p.m. said they heard a loud boom and turned around to see the westbound Grand Caravan slammed against the tree with the driver head-down on the steering wheel.

Witnesses said the Grand Caravan veered to its left and crossed the empty eastbound lane because the stop light at Jefferson Street was red at the time.

He and the two elderly looking passengers in the vehicle had moderate injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The vehicle had major damage to its front end, according to police.

Police closed off part of the intersection for a short time to allow firefighters and paramedics to treat and transport those injured in the crash.

The incident held the attention of the crowd of youngsters playing in the fountain only for a short time, with the hot weather persuading them to go back to playing in the water while the victims were being treated.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • S KMay 14, 2014 - 8:05 am

    "Witnesses said the Grand Caravan veered to its left and crossed the empty eastbound lane because the stop light at Jefferson Street was red at the time." HUH???? What am I missing or misunderstanding here. Why would the vans driver veer, because of the opposing red light, looking for a short cut around it maybe???!!! Or was there a medical event. Come on DR give us the CLEAR facts :-)

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  • CD BrooksMay 14, 2014 - 8:10 am

    S K, I agree. Glad the kids and no other drivers were injured.

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  • Christine in FFMay 14, 2014 - 8:34 am

    He is saying the eastbound lane was empty because of the red light at Jefferson. Meaning there was no oncoming traffic. Could've been much worse if that light at Jefferson wasn't red.

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  • Mr. SmithMay 14, 2014 - 8:44 am

    The DR did not witness this accident, so the "clear facts" being presented are based upon the statements of the folks present at the time. I'm willing to bet it is pretty near impossible to get a 100% clear description of what happened after the fact in cases like this, assuming the driver was not available for comment.

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  • Ulises GuberMay 14, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    I wasn't there either but I bet somehow Gravity was involved, what is being done about global Gravity ?

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  • just sayin'May 14, 2014 - 9:05 am

    This is real ife not tv. Grumpy Gus Get off your couch and enjoy some time outside. This was an early report based on facts known at the time. I understood the article and appreciate the early reporting. Well Done Ian Thompson.

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  • YuckMay 14, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    Wait parents actually take their kids to play in the water fountains?!?. Um...Take your kids to play in an area where the bums p*ss on the ground!. Ya No thanks!...Glad no one else on the street was injured.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 14, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    What a sight to see!---people taking their kids to play in master big government's fountain of defecit-debt red ink!

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