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Houston woman crashed into utility pole after veering off U.S. 77

By JR Ortega
July 8, 2010 at 2:08 a.m.

Periods of heavy rain contributed to several wrecks Thursday. This wreck was at U.S. Highway 77 South at the Coleto Creek bridge.

A Houston woman received several scrapes and bruises Thursday morning after she overcorrected, went down an embankment and hit a utility pole.

Marisela Ramirez, 41, was driving south on U.S. 77 just before Fleming Prairie Road in her silver Chevrolet Impala when a tractor trailer braked suddenly in front of her, causing her to overcorrect, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeannie Slovacek.

The impact shattered the windshield and most of the damage was kept on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Wet roads may have attributed to the accident, Slovacek said.

"I was heading to Matamoros," Ramirez said in Spanish.

Victoria Fire Department checked her on the scene and Ramirez had already called a friend to pick her up, she said.

Earlier in the morning, authorities responded to separate crashes on the Zac Lentz Parkway near the Guadalupe River, according to the Victoria Fire Department.

One was on Zac Lentz Parkway at the Guadalupe River bridge and the other on the parkway at Farm-to-Market Road 1685.

Those crashes occurred about 8 a.m.

In the wreck at the bridge, near two people were taken to a local hospital and two refused treatment.

At least one person was injured about 15 minutes earlier in a crash at the intersection of Zac Lentz Parkway and Ben Jordan Street in east Victoria.

The incident was reported at 7:44 a.m. and a nurse on the scene told the dispatcher a 51-year-old man was bleeding from the head.

One of the vehicles caught fire, but a sheriff's office deputy in the area responded and doused the flames.

Advocate reporters Gheni Platenburg and David Tewes contributed to this report.



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