SUV crashes into Marble Falls Elementary playground

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS

This sport-utility vehicle crashed through a fence and came to rest in the open field of Marble Falls Elementary School just before noon Feb. 27 when no children were outside. The vehicle hit an electrical pole, went through the school’s fence, and stopped just before another fence that separates the field from the parking lot. Staff photo by Jared Fields

This sport-utility vehicle crashed through a fence and came to rest in the open field of Marble Falls Elementary School just before noon Feb. 27 when no children were outside. The vehicle hit an electrical pole, went through the school’s fence, and stopped just before another fence that separates the field from the parking lot. Staff photo by Jared Fields

An SUV crashed through a fence and came to rest in the Marble Falls Elementary School play field just before noon Feb. 27 without injuring anyone.

The male driver of the vehicle was questioned by police about the incident and released at the scene.

Marble Falls Police Officer Andrew Howe said the driver lost control or blacked out for unknown reasons while driving west on RR 1431 in Marble Falls. The vehicle swerved across the highway and hit a power line on the south side of the road then went through the playground fence and eventually stopped near the other end of the playground closest to the school.

The driver was shaken up by the accident and claimed he had no idea what happened.

Michael Phillips, MFISD director of maintenance, said no children were near the crash site when the accident occurred. Although the vehicle went through the fence, Phillips said minimal repairs are needed.

The electrical pole ran electricity to a building near the playground that is not owned by the school. Pedernales Electric Cooperative crews were working to repair the broken lines that ran from the broken pole across the road to a larger electric pole on the north side of the highway.

All on campus expressed gratitude no one was injured.

jared@thepicayune.com

7 Responses to “SUV crashes into Marble Falls Elementary playground”

  1. A mom of a student says:

    Why is the school lying?? The fourth graders were at recesses when it happend

    • A dad of a student says:

      Yes students were at recess but none were near the accident. Read the whole thing before you place judgment. The school cant control someone from having an accident like that.

  2. Linda says:

    So very thankful that no one was seriously injured in this incident. I do believe as people start getting up in age that they need to stop driving. There are the CARTS buses out there for the elderly and yes you have to wait on them but it’s better than losing your life or taking someone else’s.

  3. Michelle says:

    There were about 85-90 kids playing at recess

  4. Parent of a MFE student says:

    The faulty reporting is a disservice to our community! MFISD director of maintenance was not there. Every 4th-grade class was out on the playground at the time this accident happened. My child and many other children were playing Ga-ga ball, which is only feet away from the path of the accident. It looks like to me the school is trying to downplay this accident.
    The 4th-grade teacher that yelled and told the kids to run and get back, THANK YOU!!!

    My next question, Why was the guy released at the scene and not evaluated further being that he claimed he had no idea what happened??

    • A dad of a student says:

      The school did everything correctly. No children were hurt. Your info is wrong too, the car entered the far west fence and ended up in the front of the school. Get the facts before you spread false information. Call MFES if you want the Facts.

  5. Another dad of student - with correct info says:

    Per the “A dad of a student” you sir are incorrect. My son was out at recess when this incident occurred. I know for a fact (as confirmed by teachers, and my son’s own account) that kids were playing basketball, etc. when the driver burst through the fence. Thank God no children were actually in the field like they normally are (which is just feet away from where they were).

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