Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on March 16, 2010.
TRAIN CATCHES FIRE IN SAGINAW WRECK
A collision between a Union Pacific freight train and a military tank truck in Saginaw sparked a fire that damaged a locomotive. UP spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza-Williams says the crew safely exited the train Monday night. She says the engineer was transported to a hospital, as a precaution. The accident happened around 8 p.m. Monday on tracks parallel to U.S. 287. Firefighters put out the blaze within two hours. Espinoza-Williams did not immediately return a message Tuesday from The Associated Press to provide further details.
TEEN DECLARED BRAIN DEAD AFTER SKIING ACCIDENT
A Colorado coroner says a 13-year-old Texas girl who hit a tree while skiing has been declared brain-dead. Taylor Storch fell backward and hit a tree while skiing at Beaver Creek Sunday afternoon. Authorities say Storch was skiing on an intermediate trail and wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Storch is from Coppell, Texas, and was on vacation with her family. The coroner in Eagle County says Storch was a beginner skier and had been taking lessons. A Beaver Creek official says Storch was not in a lesson when the accident happened.
DPS TROOPER INJURED IN CHASE
The Department of Public Safety said one of its troopers was injured in an accident after a traffic stop Tuesday morning. According to the DPS, the trooper tried to stop a Pontiac Grand Prix when the driver sped away. The trooper pursued northbound on the Dallas North Tollway when the driver took the Galleria exit and sped through a red light. The trooper followed through the red light and was hit by a Toyota at an intersection along the service road. The trooper was hit on the driver's side door. The driver of the Toyota was treated for minor injuries at the scene and the trooper was transported by his supervisor to Baylor Hospital in Plano where he was treated and released. The suspect in the Grand Prix got away.
LOOP 12 ACCIDENT CLEARED BEFORE RUSH HOUR
Dallas Sheriff's office says an 18-wheeler going too fast for the ramp from southbound Loop 12 to I-30 tipped on its side and came to rest on the guardrail overnight. It happened just before 1:30 a.m. The driver of the semi suffered non life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The 18-wheeler was loaded with auto parts and the accident was cleared by 4 a.m. before rush hour began.
DALLAS COUNTY JAIL GUARD FIRED OVER REMARKS
A recently fired Dallas County jail guard says his free speech rights have been violated. A sheriff's department review concluded Stephen Johnson persisted in giving his religious opinions and speaking out against homosexuality. The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that Johnson was fired Jan. 20 for conduct unbecoming an officer and for lying to internal affairs. A sheriff's department report indicates Johnson interrupted a private conversation among jail staff and said gays should be annihilated. Johnson says he was fired because he "hurt someone else's feelings." He says his free speech rights were violated, but he will not appeal. Records show Johnson was suspended for three days and put on probation in 2000 for using a derogatory word to describe several minority inmates.