A tire blowout caused a Mercury Mountaineer to go over the guardrail of a SH 35 bridge Tuesday afternoon between Green and Buffalo lakes.
All three passengers were “amazingly uninjured,” said Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Keith Gillette, a 21-year-old Brownsville man, was southbound on SH 35 with Deanna-Marie Ashley Gonzalez, 21, also of Brownsville, and a 3-year-old boy when the rear tire of his SUV blew out, San Miguel said. The blowout caused the car to travel across the northbound lanes of the highway, go through the guardrail and come to rest on the driver’s side.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and Calhoun Fire Department responded to the crash about 4 p.m.
The highway was closed for about 45 minutes while a tow truck operator with Allan’s Wrecker Service used a 75-ton rotary boom lift to retrieve the vehicle.