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Fog a factor in three crashes on state Highway 185 (w/video)

By Jessica Priest
March 21, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.
Updated March 20, 2014 at 10:21 p.m.

DPS troopers are investigating two crashes on Highway 185 just outside of the DuPont Plant.

One person was hospitalized after three crashes occurred within minutes of each other on state Highway 185 Friday morning.

The wrecks are attributed to fog, said Trooper Gerald Bryant, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

A P&O Nedlloyd tractor-trailer was on Farm-to-Market Road 1686 pulling out from the DuPont plant about 8 a.m.

The tractor-trailer, driven by Jose Coreas, 30, of Spring, was crossing the southbound lanes of state Highway 185. He was preparing to travel north toward Victoria when a green Chevrolet pickup in the outside lane headed toward Bloomington hit him, Bryant said.

At 8:10 a.m., a 1994 brown Chevrolet pickup also traveling toward Bloomington ran into the green Chevrolet pickup, Bryant said.

It is unclear whether the driver of the green Chevrolet pickup, Joe Manuel Baladez, 47, whose hometown was not available, was still at the wheel when that crash occurred.

Baladez was taken to Citizens Medical Center and has been released.

The driver of the brown Chevrolet pickup, Andrew Valedez Perez, 48, of Victoria, and Coreas were not hurt.

At 8:20 a.m., there was a Freight Liner tractor-trailer heading south on state Highway 185. The driver, Dennis Earl Gainey, of Victoria, whose age was not available, noticed he was blocked by the previous crashes and attempted to make a U-turn.

Bryant said when Gainey made the turn, a tanker-truck, driven by Jesus Roberto Sanchez, whose age and hometown were not available, struck him from behind.

Gainey and Sanchez were not injured.

The P&O Nedlloyd tractor-trailer was carrying plastic pellets, but they did not spill. The tanker truck involved in the third crash normally carries fuel, but its unclear whether it was empty at the time of the crash.

Trooper Brian Babcock is investigating all three crashes. He will be assisted by the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office.

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