1 dead, 4 hurt in 3-vehicle crash (video)
Jan. 12, 2013 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2013 at 7:12 p.m.
YORKTOWN - One person died and four others were injured in a three-vehicle collision in Dewitt County on Saturday afternoon.
One of the drivers, Pedro Gonzales, 61, of Yorktown, was airlifted to Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, where he later died. He and his wife, Diana Gonzales, 58, were in a red Chevrolet Silverado when they were hit by a tractor-trailer, said Department of Safety Trooper Craig Wycoff.
According to Wycoff, Albert Garza, 35, of Victoria, was driving a cement truck west on Farm-to-Market Road 237 near Yorktown, when his front left tire blew out. The truck entered the eastbound lane and struck a white tractor-trailer driven by Clarence Brown, 53, of Waco, with passenger Gary Harriman, 48, of Riesel. The cement truck spun to the east lane going to the side of the road.
The tractor-trailer skidded from the eastbound lane into the westbound lane and struck the Silverado. All victims, except for Gonzales, were taken to DeTar Hospital Navarro.
Garza and Harriman were later released from the hospital. Details about injuries were not available late Saturday.
The crash shut down the road for several hours.
Victoria resident Lori Barr, 22, was driving behind the cement truck when the accident occurred. She said she wasn't sure how she wasn't injured.
"I don't even know how it missed me," said Barr, who was on her way to San Antonio. "Debris and smoke came out, and I swerved to the side of the road because I couldn't see."
Barr said she doesn't remember vividly the details of what happened, but tried to help people who looked injured.
"The guy got out of his cement truck, and I asked if he was all right," she said. "He was shaken up."
Nearby resident Richard Rodriguez was also one of the first people at the scene.
"I was getting ready to feed the cows, and then I heard an explosion," Rodriguez said.
When Rodriguez got to the crash, he saw a victim lying on the ground and asked a woman hovering over the victim whether he was OK.
The woman told Rodriguez that the victim was OK, but "we're no doctors."
The investigation of the cause of the wreck is on-going.