One injured after pickup strikes dump truck on U.S. 87 North
Feb. 24, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2011 at 8:24 p.m.
A 26-year-old Louisiana man was in stable condition after his pickup struck a dump truck on U.S. Highway 87 North about 9:50 a.m. Thursday.
Whitney Daniel Creel, an oilfield worker in Gonzales from Winnfield, La., suffered facial cuts and an open fracture of a foot, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Joe Schuler, who is investigating the wreck.
Creel was taken by Victoria Emergency Medical Services ambulance to Detar Hospital Navarro, said the trooper.
Schuler said the investigation is ongoing but, according to witnesses, the 2006 GMC pickup and the 1993 Industrial dump truck were both traveling south on the highway. The pickup changed lanes and struck the rear of the dump truck that was in the outside lane.
"The dump truck dragged the pickup about 75 feet," said Schuler. "The driver didn't even know he had been hit at first."
Schuler said it is possible that Creel was traveling at an unsafe speed and may have fallen asleep, but the investigation will have to be completed before that determination is made.
Miguel Pineda, of Victoria, was the driver of the J&R Backhoe and Trucking dump truck. He was uninjured.
Creel was wearing a seat belt, said Schuler.
Southbound traffic was rerouted onto Nursery Drive for about 45 minutes.