Saturday, April 25 at approximately 10:15 am, a tragic wreck occurred on Hwy 281 North between Duncan Springs Ranch and The Ranches of Brushy Top.
Frank and Marilyn Harris from Horseshoe Bay were traveling southbound on Hwy 281 to San Antonio when they were injured in a head on collision. Another couple traveling northbound on 281 from San Antonio were at a complete stop in front of the Duncan Springs Ranch entrance. While waiting to make a left hand turn, a white GMC utility pick up truck was approaching quickly from behind. The driver of the truck; Blanco resident, Gerald Davis, swerved to the right of the stopped vehicle to avoid impact. As Davis made his way back onto the highway, he lost control of his vehicle and was facing oncoming traffic. According to witnesses, the event happened so fast, Frank and Marilyn Harris had no time to react or avoid the outcome.
Frank and Marilyn Harris both suffered serous injuries and were life-flighted to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. Gerald Davis, whose truck split in half due to the impact of the collision, had to be rescued from his truck by the use of “jaws of life.” Davis, who also sustained serious injuries, was life-flighted to University Hospital in San Antonio. All three victims of this tragedy were between 68-70 years old.
JT Binford, Blanco resident, said he was waiting for Davis at a jobsite that morning off of Lonesome Dove Road. At 10:15 am, Davis was fifteen minutes late to the jobsite and Davis called to check on him. Davis answered his phone, just after the had occurred. When Binford heard of the wreck, he quickly made his way over to the scene and played a key role in helping paramedics in this tragic situation. Along with Binford, other heroic citizens also came to the aid of the passengers, Chalon Jackson, Donny and Tom White. These citizens stayed with the victims until professional help arrived and continued to stay to lend a helping hand.
Tom White, battalion chief for EMS of Bulverde happened to be passing by when the wreck occurred. White; off duty, was on his way to take his daughter strawberry picking, but instead he spent his morning helping to save the lives of Gerald, Frank and Marilyn.
Quick to respond was DPS Officer Bacon, Blanco EMS, Blanco Fire Dept and Spring Branch/Bulverde EMS.