Anyone who's driven south of town knows most of the state's suffering from a severe drought, especially south-central Texas. And without water, there can be no hay. So Monday morning before dawn, a ranch foreman from Harwood headed north to Bonham to buy some for the cattle and other farm animals he's raising on a 450-acre property.
Joe Parish, 52, had loaded up his truck with 14 bales of hay by the afternoon. So he began the six-hour drive back home. But he got turned around approaching downtown Dallas and had to exit the highway. Just as he was getting back on Stemmons Freeway near Victory Park, he swerved to miss a pick-up truck that cut him off, and his heavy truck caught an edge and flipped. Hay spilled out everywhere. Dallas police soon arrived to help.
"It was either hit him or try to miss him, and he just kept on going," said Parish, who, by the time we ran into him at 7:30 p.m., had been standing under the I-35E overpass along with the cops for two hours. Parish and the police were waiting for a small crane to help get the hay back on the truck.
Parish was anxious to get home and leave behind the Dallas drivers who seemed to him to have "road rage." He had spent an entire day traveling just to bring his animals food. "We ain't had rain in 90 days," said Parish. "We ain't got no hay."
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.