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Father, 2 sons injured in rollover crash in Victoria (Video)

By chirst
Sept. 22, 2012 at 4:22 a.m.
Updated Sept. 23, 2012 at 4:23 a.m.

Frankie Rivera embraces Alexandra Rivera before firefighters take one of the injured to an  ambulance. Fernando Martinez, 6, and Diego Martinez, 8, were injured in the crash Saturday night.

A two-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon led to a father and his two sons being transported to Citizens Medical Center.

Gilbert Martinez, 54, of Victoria, was listed in stable condition Saturday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman. His two sons, Diego, 8, and Fernando, 6, were also in stable condition.

Margarita Balderas, Martinez's niece, said Martinez has a punctured lung and doctors were running additional tests.

Diego, she said, had cuts and stitches on his face. Fernando had stitches on his head.

"The boys are traumatized from the accident, the whole ordeal," she said. "But as for their condition, they are fine. We are just waiting on news about their dad."

Martinez was driving a Chevrolet Corsica eastbound on Water Street when he was struck by a Honda minivan about 5:20 p.m., according to Victoria Police Officer Justin Schubert.

The driver of the van, Jacob Fauteux, 17, of Victoria, was southbound on Main Street on his way to pick up his date for the homecoming dance.

"I was stopped and looked to see if it was clear and thought it was," he said.

Fauteux said he couldn't see the Corsica because of trees blocking his line of sight.

Edward Flores, who lives near the intersection, said wrecks are common at that location.

Flores also heard the wreck and immediately went to help while his mom called 9-1-1, he said.

"The car was flipped and I saw the kids in it, screaming and crying," Flores said. "They were bleeding and one was on top of another. He was bleeding from the head onto the other."

Flores made the decision to get the kids out of the car, he said, because they were so panicked.

Schubert said the wreck is under investigation, but he said those involved were wearing their seat belts.

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