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Man taken to hospital after one-vehicle rollover on Salem Road

By KBell
Oct. 15, 2010 at 5:15 a.m.

Firefighters pull Kenneth Bucek, 58, up the side of a ditch after he rolled his Chevrolet Tahoe several times on Salem Road. Emergency personnel worked for more than half an hour to free Bucek after the wreck that happened about 9:15 a.m. Friday.

A Victoria man was sent to the hospital after a one-vehicle rollover on Salem Road between Loop 463 and Schell Road about 9:15 a.m. Friday.

A Chevrolet Tahoe was southbound on Salem Road, when the driver veered off the right side of the road and flipped several times, according to witnesses. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Thomas Arriaga identified the driver as 58-year-old Kenneth Bucek.

The Victoria Fire Department worked for more than half an hour to stabilize the vehicle, which was in a steep ditch filled with water, said Battalion Chief Tracy Fox. The fire department cut the roof of the Tahoe to free the driver, who was trapped on the passenger's side of the vehicle that was face-down in the ditch.

Bucek was taken to Citizens Medical Center.

The hospital could not release his condition at his request, a spokesman said.

The fire department also rescued a poodle-type dog from the wreck. The dog was taken to an area veterinarian to be checked out and was later sent home.

It's unclear whether Bucek was wearing a seatbelt.

The Telferner Volunteer Fire Department and Victoria County Sheriff's Office also responded to the wreck, which shut down about a quarter-mile of two-way traffic on Salem Road for more than an hour.



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