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Victoria man critically hurt in crash (video)

Oct. 1, 2013 at 5:01 a.m.
Updated Oct. 2, 2013 at 5:02 a.m.

A Victoria man was critically injured in a  two-vehicle crash on Upper Mission Valley Road on Tuesday evening. The driver of a 1994 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling south on the road when it crossed the northbound lane and onto the shoulder, causing a head-on collision with a silver 2011 Dodge 3500 pickup, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremiah Collins.

A 53-year-old Victoria man was rushed to DeTar Hospital Navarro on Tuesday evening after he was critically injured in a head-on crash on Upper Mission Valley Road.

The man, whose name was not released by authorities, was driving a 1994 blue Chevrolet Suburban when it struck a 2011 silver Dodge 3500 pickup about 6:10 p.m. on the two-lane road. The posted speed limit is 60 mph.

Trooper Jeremiah Collins of the Department of Public Safety said it appeared neither driver was speeding.

Victoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Roger Hempel described the Suburban driver's injuries as life-threatening. Collins said the driver was not responsive when emergency responders arrived.

The pickup driver, Timothy Novak, 49, of Victoria, declined medical treatment at the scene.

Authorities closed Upper Mission Valley Road, also known as Farm-to-Market Road 236, for more than an hour because of the collision, which left the front end of both vehicles mangled.

Collins said the Suburban was southbound in the 6400 block of Upper Mission Valley Road when it crossed the northbound lane and reached the far shoulder.

The driver then tried to correct the Suburban, veering it back toward the southbound lane when it collided head-on with the northbound Dodge pickup, which was slowing down, Collins said.

Officials are investigating the cause of the crash. Both men were wearing seat belts.

The Victoria Fire Department, the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, the Mission Valley Volunteer Fire Department and the state Department of Public Safety responded to the scene.

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