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Red Oak PD short-staffed
JOEY DAUBEN
The Ellis County Press

RED OAK - A crash claiming the lives of three people on Interstate Highway 35 Sunday, May 18 in Red Oak highlighted a crucial need within the Red Oak Police Department.

Though the Department of Public Safety handles accidents along state highways, Red Oak's police department has been staffing only one officer each Sunday, according to City Councilwoman Kay Wiggs, who brought the issue up at a recent city council meeting.

Sunday's deadly accident claimed the lives of Junyoung Oh, 35, Maee-joung Kim, 34, and Kim Lee Bok Sook, 61; A baby was listed in critical condition after being flown by

Careflite, according to DPS state trooper Sgt. Larry Adams.

Red Oak Police Chief Don Fullerton was with city officials Monday and Tuesday working on the next year's department budget, according to a ROPD spokesman.

Money, according to discussions at the recent council meeting, will help Fullerton's department add more officers on Sunday nights.

According to ROPD officials, one officer was on duty when the crash occurred, and five off-duty officers responded.

Sgt. Adams said the crash, which was believed to have started when one car crossed into an oncoming lane, and then crossing a median and hitting a tractor-trailer head on, was the worst he has seen.

'Definitely one of the worst I've worked,' he said. 'We are asking for witnesses to call the highway patrol office.'

For more information, or to contact the DPS office, call 972-937-5370.


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