Vehicle malfunctions led to a head-on collision and a tractor colliding with a fire station in the Clarkson area last week in two unrelated incidents.
On Wednesday morning, July 23, 24-year-old Joseph Jaggers of Clarkson was driving a 1983 John Deere tractor northbound on Millerstown Road in Clarkson when the steering on the vehicle went out, according to a report filed by Chief Deputy Tony Willen with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
Jaggers pulled the tractor off of the roadway, but was unable to bring it to a stop, and struck the front of the Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department building at 201 First Street near downtown Clarkson.
No notable damage was done to the building, and the tractor, which belongs to David Strader, also of Clarkson, incurred only minor damage.
Jaggers was unharmed.
Three days later, on July 26 at just before 1 p.m., another collision occurred when the wheel came off of a passenger car on Grayson Springs Road around 11 miles west of Clarkson.
Monica Williams, 51, of Clarkson, was travelling west on Grayson Springs Road (Highway 1214) when the wheel came off of her car and she lost control of the vehicle.
Williams’ vehicle hit head-on with another car travelling east on the roadway and being driven by Tina Hill, 49, of Clarkson.
Neither Williams, Hill, nor Hill’s passenger, 30-year-old Joseph Peterson, were injured in the accident, according to a report filed by responding officer Deputy Bryan Hammons, with the GCSO.