Teen sustains serious injuries in accident with truck and cattle trailer

Teen sustains serious injuries in accident with truck and cattle trailer

Several people were injured, including a teenager and three other minor children, when a truck towing cattle in a trailer collided with an SUV in Jefferson County Aug. 1, reports Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Stephanie Davis. 

According to  Davis, DPS received a report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 73 near Labelle Road in Jefferson County at about 7:15 p.m. on Monday. Responding troopers determined that a Dodge pickup truck towing a trailer with cattle had been stopped facing north in the crossover between the east and westbound traffic lanes of Highway 73 as a Chevrolet Tahoe traveled westbound on the road. The driver of the Dodge pulled out from the crossover, striking the Chevrolet. The impact of the collision caused the Chevrolet to roll over and come to rest in the nearby ditch.

Following the accident, five of the six occupants in the Chevrolet Tahoe were transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont with unknown injuries. Another occupant, a 16-year-old female passenger, was transported by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital with serious injuries. All occupants are from San Antonio, Davis revealed in a news release.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 40-year-old Diana Chapa of San Antonio, sustained injuries in the crash; however, the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. The other adult passenger in the Chevrolet, 41-year-old Raul Navarro, sustained minor injuries in the accident. Three minor children, ranging in age from 5 to 14, received injuries that do not appear to be life threatening. The final occupant, the 16-year-old female, was transported by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital. Her medical treatment is continuing, Davis stated in a release, but she sustained several broken ribs and a fractured pelvic bone.

The driver of the Dodge, 42-year-old Chris Willis of Fred, Texas, was not injured.

The cattle survived the crash and did not sustain any injuries.

The crash investigation is ongoing, and all information is preliminary. There are no further details to be released.