Two who jumped from moving truck seriously injured

Nov. 21, 2012 at 5:21 a.m.
Updated Nov. 22, 2012 at 5:22 a.m.

A woman and her 10-year-old niece from El Salvador suffered serious injuries when they jumped from a moving 18-wheeler on U.S. Highway 59 near Edna on Tuesday night.

Keiry Esmeralda Turcios Amaya, 10, suffered a broken hip and fractured leg and her aunt, Karen Nohemy Romero Amaya, 23, has a head injury, said Jackson County Sheriff A.J. Louderback.

Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston could not confirm that either of the victims were patients there.

Capt. Bruce McConathy, of the Edna Police Department, said the two victims were apparently hitching a ride on top of the cab of a tractor-trailer.

McConathy said the woman and girl jumped from the truck about 9:40 p.m. near the Edna exit on northbound U.S. Highway 59. The listed speed limit for that stretch of highway is 75 mph.

McConathy said the truck driver did not know the two had stowed away on his rig, but heard them on top of the cab behind the air spoiler, before they jumped.

The truck was at the exit ramp about to leave the highway when the two jumped.

"He was still traveling at a high rate of speed," McConathy said.



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