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Local man dies in early-morning accident Sunday

by Sherrie Williams
An Iowa Park man died, another was injured and a third suffered no injuries in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning.

According to DPS Sgt. Bryan Witt from the Lubbock DPS Office, the men were traveling west in a 2007 Chevrolet four-door pickup on Business 287, between Bell and Peterson Road, at approximately 2:30 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway on the north bound side for unknown reason, and struck a power pole causing the vehicle to overturn onto its top.

Joseph Anthony Sousa, 22, was partially ejected from the vehicle and suffered head trauma. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene. His body was sent to Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy.

The driver, Charles Edwin Hill, 22, was ejected and suffered from broken ribs and a collapsed lung. He was transported to a Wichita Falls hospital.

Jonathan Ross Brown, 22, was a passenger in the backseat and was not injured.
According to Witt, no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.

The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time. Alcohol could have been a factor in the accident, Witt said.

Just before the accident was reported lights at the Iowa Park Police Department flashed and officers heard what sounded like transformers blowing out, according to the police blotter. Soon the dispatcher received numerous reports of electricity being out throughout the city. Some reported their lights flashed while others said power was out for a period of time.

At 3:12 a.m. a fire was reported in the 600 block of East Alameda at a power pole. It appeared a ground wire at the pole caused a small grass fire, IPPD Chief Robert Johnson said.