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Police Investigate Accident Involving Funeral Escort

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Posted: Dec 27, 2012 6:10 PM

Updated: Dec 27, 2012 7:12 PM

McALLEN - Police are investigating an accident involving a truck and a motorcyclist working as a funeral escort.

The man riding the motorcycle was taken to a hospital after the accident. The accident happened on Military Road south of McAllen. Investigators said the driver of the truck pulled in front of escorted traffic.

The escorts have raised questions in the past. Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra in 2010 said funeral procession escorts should be eliminated. County constables regularly provide those escorts. Guerra said the escorts are too dangerous and too taxing on manpower.

"The majority of accidents that occur are because somebody just wasn't paying attention," Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Constable Larry Gallardo said. His deputies were not working during Thursday's funeral procession.

Gallardo said his deputies have wrecked three times while escorting funerals. He said funeral processions are not safe.

Gallardo said accidents happen when processions do not have enough escorts to block traffic. He said some drivers ignore the lines of slow-moving cars.

The driver in Thursday's wreck could face charges for failing to yield to a funeral procession.

Topics: larry gallardo, rene guerra, funeral procession, escorts, accident, mcallen

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