March 4, 2015 - A single vehicle rollover occurred Saturday evening on FM 414, Sardis Road, causing one side of the roadway to be blocked while the scene was worked by emergency responders.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Daniel Dellinger, a green 1996 Chevy Silverado was westbound on FM 414 when the truck left the roadway to the right and struck a culvert causing the pickup to go airborne, flip end over end, and come to rest on its top facing east shortly after 7pm on Saturday, February 28. 2015.
The driver, Brandon Sowell, age 26, of Center, reported to the trooper he was texting his wife 'he was on his way home' when the pickup drifted off the roadway. With a narrow shoulder and the pickup exiting just before a culvert, Sowell had no time to react before striking the culvert and crashing.
The westbound lane of traffic was blocked by emergency personnel and law enforcement working the crash. Center Fire Department responded to the scene to assist with traffic control directing both lanes of traffic through on the eastbound side only of the highway. ACE EMS responded to the scene but no transport was needed. Shelby County Sheriff's Department Deputy Adam Renfro was first on scene and secured the area until DPS could arrive and investigate the crash.
Two minors ages 4 and 5 were in the pickup at the time of the crash. All occupants of the pickup were buckled and no injuries were reported. Sowell was cited for driving on shoulder when prohibited.