Graford, TX One Vehicle Accident, Nov 1985


By Philip Riddlebarger
Staff Writer

A former area resident and son of a Guadalupe County couple was injured early Sunday in a one-vehicle accident that killed one of his passengers and injured two others in a rollover on a Palo Pinto County roadway.
BRUCE WAYNE HARBORTH of Mineral Wells was injured when the 1982 Chevrolet pickup he was driving rolled over twice after HARBORTH apparently lost control when rounding a curve on a farm-to-market road in Graford, according to a dispatcher at the Palo Pinto County Department of Public Safety.
Killed in the wreck was LINDA FRANKLIN, 18, of Mineral Wells, who was pronounced dead early Sunday at Palo Pinto General Hospital. Injured were DERESS HAIGOOD, 17, also of Mineral Wells, and SHELLIE RODGERS, 15, of Possum Kingdom Lake.
According to the DPS, HARBORTH was driving the truck containing the three passengers north on FM 4 at approximately 1:25 a.m. Sunday when he entered a right-hand curve "at an unsafe speed."
The DPS report states the vehicle crossed over into the southbound lane, whereupon the driver over-corrected to the right, causing the pickup to roll twice, ejecting FRANKLIN and RODGERS from the vehicle. HARBORTH and HAIGOOD were pinned inside the truck, the report states.
According to the dispatcher, no charges had been filed as of Tuesday, but the accident is being investigated by the Mineral Wells office of the Texas Highway Patrol.
HARBORTH, who suffered head injuries in the accident, was reportedly returning to Guadalupe County Tuesday, while HAIGOOD, who also suffered head injuries, was released Monday from Palo Pinto General Hospital. RODGERS was listed in satisfactory condition at Cook Fort Worth Children's Medical Center suffering from multiple trauma.
HARBORTH is the son of Norman and Maxine Harborth of Guadalupe County.

Seguin Gazette Enterprise Texas 1985-11-05