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Breckenridge man dies in one-car accident on FM 578

Breckenridge man dies in one-car accident on FM 578
December 14
15:29 2021

By Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

A 19-year-old Breckenridge man died this morning in a one-car accident on FM 578, about five miles from the U.S. Highway 183 cutoff.

According to Stephens County Sheriff Kevin Roach, the initial call for the accident came into the local dispatch at 7:13 a.m. today, Dec. 14. Brendin Kenneth Ray Granado, 19, was traveling northbound on FM 578 when his 2007 Jeep SUV apparently struck a guardrail on a bridge and ended up in the gully below. The wreck happened just south of a bridge that crosses Hubbard Creek on that road.

Granado was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Steve Spoon. His dog had been with him in the vehicle and also died in the accident.

Roach said the weather was foggy this morning, but he doesn’t know if that contributed to the accident. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the cause of the accident and has not released a report or statement yet.

According to what Roach was told, Granado had been working in Crystal Falls area and was going to work there this morning. He had recently moved back to Breckenridge from New Mexico, the sheriff said.

The northbound lane of FM 578 was closed during the initial investigation because emergency vehicles were parked there, and deputies reduced traffic to one lane. Roach said that a curve in the road creates a blind spot, so deputies used radios to communicate back and forth as they directed traffic around the accident.

Responding to the scene were the Stephens County Sheriff’s department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Breckenridge Fire Department, AMR ambulance service and Breckenridge Animal Control.

 

Cutline, top photo: A Texas Department of Transportation employee puts out cones to mark the damaged guardrail on FM 578 Tuesday morning, following a fatal one-vehicle accident on the bridge. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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