U.S. 84


Minor injuries in Teague rollover

A side view of James Barrentine's truck after he overcorrected while traveling on U.S. 84 West in Teague last week.
Photo by Timothy O'Malley

At 5:40 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30, 38-year old James Barrentine III, of Teague, found himself facing the opposite direction after a scary ordeal.

Barrentine said, “[My vehicle] rolled three times. I am not sure how I got facing that way. I just closed my eyes and held on.”


TxDOT traffic study planned

The intersection U.S. 84 West and Post Oak is a mess of traffic during peak times: 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m. This photo was taken at 7:40 a.m. Monday morning.
Photo by April Walker

After numerous complaints from citizens and concerned parents, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has decided to conduct a Signal Warrant Analysis at the intersection of Post Oak and U.S. 84 West in Fairfield.

There have been accidents at the intersection over the years because of the current flashing caution light combined with a speed limit of 55 MPH. The study will be performed by the TxDOT Traffic Office during February.

“February is a date selected to ensure that school is in session outside of holidays and resources are available to conduct the study,” said Bobby Colwell, TxDOT public information officer.


Accident takes life

Natalie Harris

A 2-vehicle accident ended in the death of a 25-year-old Fairfield woman Thursday, Aug. 2, on U.S. 84 East near Teague. Accident reports show the victim, Natalie Harris, was traveling east when she rear-ended a tanker truck right outside the Teague city limits. According to reports, the 18-wheeler was stopped on U.S. 84 at approximately 1:20 p.m. waiting to make a left turn. Driver Clifford Jones, 71, reported his blinker was on while he waited to turn.



Oversize load

Crews with Oversize Escorting Service – a pilot car company – along with a police escort stopped traffic briefly at the intersection of U.S. 84 and Mount Streets in Fairfield while an oilfield separator made its way through town Friday, March 9. The equipment separates the water from the gas.

Photo by April Walker


U.S. 84 accident leaves 4 dead, 1 injured

Teague residents are in mourning this week after a tragic car accident between Teague and Fairfield took four from the community. The three-car accident happened around 5:17 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, on U.S. 84, about one mile east of Teague.
Pronounced dead on the scene was Martha Turner, Janice Turner, and Linda Huffman, all of whom were traveling home together in a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Huffman. Also pronounced dead was Michael James Jackson, driver of a 2001 Mercury Sable. Joshua Bradley Thompson, driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, was transported to ETMC Fairfield where he was treated and released.
According to DPS reports, Jackson was heading west on U.S. 84 at an unsafe speed, when he rounded a curve and lost control of the vehicle. Jackson is reported to have hit the Tahoe head on, causing both vehicles to spin.


Only minor injuries in 3-car accident

This 2015 Dodge Dart, driven by Tera Conklin, of Teague, was just one of the damaged vehicles in a 3-car accident on U.S. 84 at around 11:40 a.m. Thursday, March 10. Police reports show Conklin failed to control speed when pulling up behind the second vehicle, a silver 2004 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Misty Hughes, of Fairfield. Hughes had pulled to a stop behind the third vehicle, a gray 2013 Ford F-150 driven by Federico Olivarez, Jr., of Teague.


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