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Three-vehicle wreck sends 6 to Citizens Medical Center

By JR Ortega
Jan. 17, 2011 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 16, 2011 at 7:17 p.m.

Emergency personnel prepare a Ford Edge for towing after it was involved in a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 77 South and Farm-to-Market Road 682, Monday.

Six people were injured in a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 77 South and Farm-to-Market Road 682 near Fordtran at about noon Monday.

Melba Eckstrom, 87, of Cuero, was airlifted to Citizens Medical Center. Five others were transported by ambulance to the same hospital, said Trooper Louie Verdeja.

Eckstrom was stopped at the crossover intersection of FM 682 in her silver Chevrolet Cobalt, when she crossed in front of a red Ford Edge traveling south on U.S. 77, Verdeja said.

The Edge, driven by 17-year-old Rachel Kalich, of Shiner, hit Eckstrom's vehicle and came to rest on the side of the road after sideswiping a white Toyota Camry, waiting to get onto U.S. 77, Verdeja said.

The driver of the Camry, Leonard Myers, and his wife Jo Beth Myers, both 61, of Yoakum, were treated and released from Citizens.

The Edge carried two other passengers, a 17 and 18-year-old, also from Shiner, but Verdeja would not release their names.

Kalich and the other teens were also treated and released from the hospital.

Trooper Gerald Bryant said Eckstrom suffered several broken bones from the impact.

She remains in guarded condition in the Citizens Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, a hospital spokesman said.

Eckstrom will be shown at fault but no citations will be issued, Bryant added.

Yoakum Volunteer Fire Department, Victoria Fire Department and the Victoria County Sheriff's Office assisted at the wreck.

Deputies diverted traffic traveling south on U.S. 77 onto U.S. 77 North and then diverted drivers back onto the southbound lane at the next crossover.

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