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Two injured in Thursday wreck

By Gheni_Platenburg
June 17, 2010 at 1:17 a.m.

A Victoria firefighter looks over the wreckage off of Loop 463 near Aloe Field. An 18-wheeler and a passenger van sustained damage in Thursday's  late morning accident, see story page B3.

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 77 near the Coletoville East access road on Thursday.

Around 11 a.m., a white van attempted to cross the highway onto the Coletoville East access road.

While crossing the highway, the van was struck on its rear right side by an 18-wheeler that was traveling north on U.S. 77, causing the rig to jackknife.

Victoria resident Tina Tingle, 48, said she witnessed the wreck.

"I thought surely (the van) is not going to take off, but he did," said Tingle.

The van's occupants were 33-year-old Aaron Simon, who was driving, and 35-year-old Anna Simon, both of Victoria.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Jesse Chavana said the Simons were taken to DeTar Hospital Navarro.

As of Thursday evening, Anna Simon was in stable condition, a hospital spokesman said.

They could not confirm whether Aaron Simon had been admitted to the hospital.

The truck's driver, 56-year-old Victoria resident William Menefee, was uninjured.

Menefee, who drives for Alamo Transit, said he said he was en route from Goliad to Nursery at the time of the wreck.

Chavana said Aaron Simon was found at fault for failure to yield the right of way.

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