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Crashes in DeWitt send four to hospitals

By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 22, 2013 at 7:23 p.m.


Two Yoakum residents were injured Sunday night after crashing on alternate U.S. Highway 77 about halfway between Cuero and Yoakum.

About 9 p.m., a 1994 Chevrolet Impala traveling south on the highway and driven by Broderick Mathis left the road when Mathis attempted to avoid a deer, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant.

Mathis and a passenger, Wendy Garza, also of Yoakum, were taken by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio. Their conditions were not available as of Tuesday afternoon.

DPS Trooper Dustin Slovacek is investigating the crash.

On Monday about 9:45 a.m., a 2013 Peterbilt tractor-trailer and a 2012 Chevrolet van collided on state Highway 72 about 3/10of a mile west of state Highway 119 near Yorktown.

The van, driven by Lee Rangel, 26, of Alice, crossed the centerline and crashed head-on with the truck traveling east, said Bryant.

Rangel was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, and a passenger in the van, Richard Donahue, 36, of Alice, was taken by Yorktown EMS ambulance to DeTar Hospital North.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Rangel was listed in stable condition, said a hospital spokeswoman. Donahue's condition was unavailable.

DPS Trooper Elizabeth Tolbert is investigating the wreck.

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