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Head-on collision sends three to hospital

June 29, 2010 at 1:29 a.m.

Ben Sanchez, 20, of Victoria, is treated by firemen after being involved in a wreck on U.S. 87 N at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday. Sanchez was one of three people involved in the wreck. All were taken to local hospitals.

A head-on collision at Cimarron Crossing strip center on U.S. Highway 87 North sent three people to the hospital about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday.

A Toyota Celica GT, driven by Gabriel Garcia, 17, was in the northbound turn lane on the highway attempting to turn into shopping center, said Trooper Jesse Chavara of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Garcia failed to yield to a southbound Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Ben Sanchez, 20, of Victoria.

The two vehicles collided at a 45-degree angle, said DPS Trooper Jason Price.

A 15-year-old passenger in the Celica was taken to Citizens Medical Center, where her condition was unknown.

All those involved were wearing seatbelts, but Garcia's seat was leaned back too far "for it to do any good," Price said.

Price said Garcia appeared to have climbed out of the vehicle and stumbled around, despite having a head injury.

Garcia was taken by helicopter to Citizens Medical Center, where his condition was unknown.

Sanchez was taken by ambulance to DeTar Hospital Navarro, where he was still being evaluated but was in stable condition, a hospital spokesperson said.

North and southbound traffic were diverted to Nursery Drive for about half a mile.

Augustine Oritz, 49, who lives across from the center said he's seen numerous wrecks at that intersection in the past nine years.

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