Teen passenger of pickup truck injured in wreck with 18-wheeler

Teen passenger of pickup truck injured in wreck with 18-wheeler

A teenage passenger of a car involved in an accident in Orange County on June 6 is recovering from injuries after the 16-year-old driver of the pickup truck in which she was riding reportedly turned illegally in front of an 18-wheeler causing the big rig to strike the vehicle. 

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper David Hendry reported that at approximately 3:30 p.m. on June 6, Orange County DPS troopers responded to and investigated a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of FM 105 and FM 1131. The preliminary crash investigation indicated a 2002 Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on FM 105 and attempted to turn left onto FM 1131 in front of a southbound 2006 Volvo truck tractor semi-trailer, which then struck the truck.

Joseph Monroe Sanders, 16, of Vidor, was driving the Ford. Lucretia Luella LaForge, 17, also of Vidor, was riding with Sanders and was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Beaumont for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Sanders was reportedly not injured as a result of the crash. Neither was the driver of the commercial vehicle, Minh David Luu, 55, of Houston.

The crash remains under investigation.