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Wreck sends three to hospitals

By Melissa Crowe
June 17, 2012 at 1:17 a.m.
Updated June 18, 2012 at 1:18 a.m.

A medical helicopter takes wreck victim Kelsey  Beinhauer to University Hospital in San Antonio after the truck she was in jumped a guardrail Sunday morning and landed in the riverbed.

Three people were injured in a one-vehicle wreck on the Guadalupe River bridge Sunday morning, a Victoria Fire Department spokesman said.

About 8 a.m., an F-350 pickup truck, traveling east on Business U.S. Highway 77, struck the guard rail on the Guadalupe River bridge, said Victoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Roger Hempel.

Emergency medical personnel got two boys occupants, including the driver, out of the truck. They were transported by ambulance to DeTar Hospital Navarro.

The front passenger, an 18-year-old girl, was cut from the truck using the Jaws of Life and airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio with life-threatening injuries, Hempel said. It took emergency workers an hour to get her out, he said.

The truck jumped the three-foot tall concrete guardrail and dropped about 20 feet into the riverbed, Hempel said.

"There was so much damage to the vehicle it was hard to tell how it landed," Hempel said. "It was a pretty serious accident."

The front passenger was identified as Kelsey Beinhauer, of Victoria, by her aunt, Kathy Seekamp, who was at the hospital Sunday night in San Antonio. Seekamp said Beinhauer was moved from surgery to recovery about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Seekamp said her niece and two boys in the truck were taking a friend to work.

A passerby reported the wreck at 8:10 a.m. and law enforcement cleared the scene by 10:30 a.m., Hempel said.

Both lanes of the highway were shut down for more than an hour, he said.

The names and city of residences of the two boys were not available Sunday night.

Victoria, Raisin and Quail Creek fire departments responded. Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the wreck.

Additional information about the wreck was not available late Sunday night.



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