At about 1:45 p.m. on Friday, April 8, a silver sedan failed to yield the right of way to an eastbound GMC Suburban at the intersection of South Grapevine Road and West Hafen Lane. IMG_20160408_143726827_HDR IMG_20160408_143747019 IMG_20160408_144118842 IMG_20160408_144123781_HDR

According to Mesquite Police Department Ian Douglas, the driver of the sedan, and elderly woman, seemed to be confused. “She was kind of lost,” he said. “She didn’t think she was here [in Mesquite], she thought she was in Overton.” Douglas confirmed to the Mesquite Local News that she had been transported to Mesa View Regional Hospital with minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

Two crises were avoided in the timing of this accident. The first was that the collision sent the GMC Suburban veering to the south side of Hafen Lane and onto Hughes Middle School property in such a way that it missed a power transformer box by mere inches. Speculation concluded that had the vehicle hit the box, there would have been a localized power outage and further injuries.

The second, and perhaps most disastrous crisis, would have been if the accident had occurred just 30 minutes later, dozens of students could have been caught in the accident, leading to numerous injuries or worse.

“We’re very thankful this happened when it did, and not a short time later,” Douglas said.

This story is ongoing and will be updated as soon as additional details are received from the Mesquite Police Department.

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