Power and cable services were knocked out for close to three hours Oct. 8 following a wreck on campus that damaged a utility pole and other equipment.
Heard, Huckins, Meyer Christian Studies, Davidson, Baptist Student Ministries, York International House, Community Life Center, Clements, Digital Media Services, Presser Hall, the ceramics shop, the police station and campus housing on N. Pearl had power knocked out.
According to the accident report from the Belton Police Department, a red Ford F150 truck driven by Jonathan Soto, 18, of Belton collided with junior nursing major Laura Alaniz’s white GMC Yukon, causing it to strike a utility pole and then roll on its side at the intersection of 9th and Pearl.
Alaniz was examined at Scott & White Hospital and Clinic in Temple before being released.
Senior business management major Andrea Olson was walking out of her class in Parker when she heard a loud noise and saw the wreck take place.
“Within seconds people flooded the scene. One guy even climbed on the top of the flipped SUV to help the driver …. The collision was so loud, at first I thought it was a tractor breaking up concrete or something, but when I heard the screeching, I knew it had to be a wreck,” she said.
Olson said the emergency personnel responded quickly to the scene.
“I heard sirens go off in the distance within a minute or two of the wreck. The police arrived about three minutes after the collision,” she said.
Senior Vice President for Administration & Chief Operating Officer Dr. Steve Theodore said they are still calculating costs but the wreck probably has caused in excess of $25,000 damage to campus equipment.
Theodore said the wreck caused issues, but the main thing is no one was seriously hurt in the incident.
He said, “We are very grateful no one was seriously injured. Cars and trucks can be replaced. Computers can be bought. It’s an inconvenience, certainly, but we are grateful.”