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11 hurt in crash on US 59 South (video)

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
June 2, 2012 at 1:02 a.m.
Updated June 3, 2012 at 1:03 a.m.

A silver Ford Fusion is towed by B&S Wrecker Service on Saturday after it was struck by a red Ford Universal after making a U-turn from northbound U.S. 59 South and failing to yield the right-of-way. A total of 11 people from both vehicles were transported to area hospitals, including one who airlifted to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi.

Eleven people were transported to area hospitals after a two-vehicle crash about 11:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 59 near Fox Road.

An unidentified 15-year-old male passenger was airlifted to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi because of serious injuries, according to authorities.

Both vehicles involved had child passengers and were towed from the scene.

Russell Brandham, 35, failed to yield while he attempted to make a U-turn into the southbound lanes. His Ford Fusion collided with Miguel Garcia's Ford Universal Van. Brandham's vehicle was forced off the road.

"When you're going 70 mph, the impact is going to be significant," said Trooper Ronald Johnson of the Department of Public Safety.

The southbound highway was shutdown for one hour and 15 minutes.

Trooper Joseph Schuler, who is the lead investigator, said there will be a citation issued.

"We're just waiting on the status of other pending charges," he said.

Battalion Chief Roger Hempel said the victims were taken to Citizens Medical Center and DeTar Hospital Navarro.

Johnson said the names and hometowns of some of the passengers were not immediately available.

"Our main focus is to make sure people are alive and well," he said.

An investigation is continuing.

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