TABC to probe deadly wrong-way crash

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 27 at 6:46 PM

Fort Worth deadly accident

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FORT WORTH — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says alcohol was involved in a deadly wrong-way wreck on U.S. Highway 287 in Fort Worth early Monday morning.

The agency says police have asked it to check out the scene of a Sunday night birthday party for Eric Jordan, who was killed in the accident.

Friends tell News 8 that Jordan was celebrating at a downtown bar until after midnight. He left as the passenger in Chris Brookins' Cadillac.

Police said Jordan and Brookins were killed instantly when their vehicle — driving south in the northbound lanes — hit a tow truck on the highway.

Jordan's stepbrother, Jeremy Brown, said he heard the accident happen.

Brown had called Jordan to check on his whereabouts just after 2 a.m. Monday. He said Jordan realized the driver was on the wrong side of the highway.

"He just stopped for a minute and was like, 'J hold on — we are on the wrong side.' And I was like, 'What?' Then he said it again. 'We're on the wrong side.' Then that's when I heard the crash and the phone drop," Brown said.

Police have not determined when or how Brookins entered the wrong side of the highway. 

The TABC says it is securing credit card receipts, video, and interviews to determine a precise timeline in this case and to find out if the driver was over-served. The medical examiner is also performing blood work on the victims.

The tow truck driver works for Black Bull Towing. A woman at the business said he was in good spirits and recovering from surgery to repair a broken leg.

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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