Driver Speeds Down Tanglewood, Hits Pole, Crashes Through Concrete Wall, Survives with Only Minor Injuries

Driver Speeds Down Tanglewood, Hits Pole, Crashes Through Concrete Wall, Survives with Only Minor Injuries

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Nathan Glidwell, 26, survived a major crash Tuesday afternoon on Tanglewood Avenue with only minor injuries, according to Odessa Police.

Glidwell was transported to MCH and was cited for failure to control speed," said Odessa Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur. "There were no reports of any other injuries."

Officials could not confirm how fast Glidwell was driving. He reportedly lost control of his truck around 2 p.m. as he was heading north on Tanglewood, veered off the road, hit a pole and then crashed through a concrete wall before coming to rest in a residential backyard.

LeSueur said "one tire went into the swimming pool" in the yard.

"There's [probably] $100,000 worth of damage there," said a neighbor, Dale Jones. "They're probably going to have to re-do the bottom of the swimming pool because all the bricks got knocked in it... It's a mess."

The homeowners requested anonymity due to privacy concerns, but told NewsWest 9 ttwo people were sitting in lawn chairs - mere inches away from the concrete wall Glidwell's truck plowed through - approximately 20 minutes before the accident.

"The lady was visibly upset," said Debra Jones, Dale's wife. "I mean, you just don't expect to have someone come through your back fence in the middle of the day."

She and her husband have lived on Tanglewood for 17 years and said road safety "gets worse every year."

"I'm safer in downtown Dallas than I am in Odessa," said Dale. "People need to learn how to drive and obey speed limits."

Glidwell was not available for comment.

His mother, who was present at the scene of the accident, said she was "very grateful" he had not been seriously injured.