Sweeny police chief struck by vehicle while directing traffic

SWEENY, Texas – A Sweeny police chief was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle Saturday evening, according to the Sweeny Police Department.

According to police, law enforcement officers were directing traffic near Highway 35 north of Sweeny near Phillips 66.

The driver of a 2001 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, Freddie Burdick Jr., 41, was traveling east on Highway 35 and the driver of a 2016 Dodge Challenger, Efrain Olvera, 21, stopped and waited to proceed through traffic, police said. The driver of the Peterbilt attempted to avoid striking the stopped vehicles and veered around them.

Police say the driver of the Dodge entered the intersection at the direction of the law enforcement officers and was struck by the Peterbilt. The collision caused the Dodge to spin and strike Police Chief John Barnard.

Chief Barnard was transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann in Houston with head, back and ankle injuries, police said. Chief Bernard’s injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.

The drivers were not injured in the crash, police said. DPS Troppers will continue to investigate this crash.