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Jeep driven from crash, plunge down rocks

by Bill Cawthon on

On Wednesday, a Jeep Wrangler proved just how tough the iconic 4X4 really is.

The Temple (TX) Daily Telegram reported that a Wrangler Unlimited went through the protective railing over the Stillhouse Hollow Dam.


According to the story, filed by staff reporter Deborah McKeon, the Jeep ran down a rocky embankment, stopping about ten feet from the water’s edge. Based on aerial maps of the park, the Wrangler traveled more than 100 feet across the rocks.

The Jeep apparently didn’t roll; it was upright when emergency personnel arrived.

A wrecker driver made his way down the rocks to the Jeep; started it; then drove it slowly about 100 yards to a sandy area, though the front tire on the driver’s side was leaking air. Other than the leaky tire, the only visible damage to the Jeep was the loss of a rear wheel well liner on the driver’s side.

When Allpar contacted Bell County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Donnie Adams this morning, he said the driver, a woman whose name was not released, was transported to a local hospital for evaluation but there was no further information as to whether she was injured.

The Stillhouse Hollow Dam is located near the Central Texas town of Belton.

Thanks to CherokeeVision for the tip and to the Temple Daily Telegram for permission to run the story. You can read the original story in the Temple Daily Telegram (paid subscription required).

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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