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Follow-up: Councilman’s crash causes bruising

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Obtained from Ferris Police Department: Shown is Damage to Vehicle caused by Councilman Gary Ross Sunday, Sept. 11 Obtained from Ferris Police Department: Shown is Damage to Vehicle caused by Councilman Gary Ross Sunday, Sept. 11

FERRIS - Recently received police reports indicate a Sunday, Sept. 11 anniversary dedication lead to bruising of a little girl by Ferris Councilman Gary Ross.

Ross, claimed he had permission to use a Ferris fire truck and said his “foot slipped” the evening of Sunday, Sept. 11 while operating the vehicle.

A police incident report states Ross was operating city of Ferris Fire Engine #5 when Ross stated his foot slipped off the brake of Fire Engine #5 and it rolled back striking a parked vehicle with trailer causing minor damage to both vehicles.

The witness involved in the accident, David Ray Bullock, from Red Oak, stated to the officer the collision caused his vehicle to move in a backward/ jerking manner causing the left rear door to slam shut on his daughter’s lower leg, causing pain and bruising. 

The collision also caused the attached trailer, housing the 9/11 display, to move. Striking him on the right forearm and mouth, causing pain. 

Both reported the injuries as minor and did not seek any medical attention.

The accident occurred at the Interstate Highway 45 Frontage Road.

“The city has not taken any disciplinary action, since Gary was volunteering as a volunteer Fire Fighter when the accident occurred,” said City Manager Eric Strong.

“The volunteer organization is not under the direct control of the city.  They have their own structure. “


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