3 taken to hospital after wreck on Laurent Street

Girl injured in four-vehicle wreck in Bay City

A 7-year-old girl was taken by helicopter to a Houston hospital Sunday night after a four-vehicle crash on state Highway 35 in Bay City.

The child was a passenger in a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, which was traveling east and attempting to turn left from a turn lane into a parking lot when it was struck from behind by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.

The girl, whose name was not released by police, was in stable condition Monday, said Lt. Robert Lister, of the Bay City Police Department.

"I spoke with her father, and she is doing well. She responded well to surgery and is alert and responsive," Lister said late Monday afternoon.

The driver of the Silverado, Jason Thompson, 27, of Van Vleck, is thought to have fallen asleep and was cited for failure to maintain a single lane, Lister said.

When the Tahoe was hit, Lister said, it spun around into oncoming traffic.

The driver and the 7-year-old girl couldn't get their doors open so they tried to crawl out through the cargo area when the Tahoe was struck again - twice, Lister said.

A 2007 Ford Freestyle SUV driven by William Parks, 69, of Markham, hit the Tahoe in the left rear, and then a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Tyler Perez, 16, of Bay City, struck the Tahoe, Lister said.

The driver of the Tahoe, Lourdes Martinez, 44, of Bay City, and three passengers in the 2000 Silverado, all teenagers, were taken by ambulance to Matagorda Regional Medical Center in Bay City. All were treated and released Sunday night, Lister said.

The crash took place about 7 p.m.

Three people were taken to a Victoria hospital after a wreck Monday evening.

It was one of many area wrecks Monday.

A blue Toyota Corolla turned left from the H-E-B parking lot onto Laurent Street. As the car was crossing, it was struck by a tan Toyota 4Runner, which T-boned the car, Victoria Police Officer Andrew Carrizales said.

Three people from the Toyota Corolla were taken to Citizens Medical Center, he said.

The names of people involved were not released Monday night.

No citations were issued at the scene, he said. The investigation is ongoing.



Rollover sends man to Houston hospital

A 20-year-old man was airlifted to a Houston hospital after a one-vehicle rollover Monday afternoon near Edna.

Christopher Scott Miller, city of residence not available, was traveling on Farm-to-Market Road 822 near Edna about 1:30 p.m. Monday when he lost control of the vehicle, causing his 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck to roll, Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback said.

Miller was transported by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston.

Alex Rodriguez, a hospital spokeswoman, said Monday night they did not have any information on Miller's condition.



U.S. Highway 59 closed most of Monday

The northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 59 south of the Wharton airport were closed most of Monday because of an overturned propane truck.

A Department of Public Safety spokesperson said the crash occurred about 5:30 a.m.

Traffic was diverted onto farm-to-market roads and then back onto the highway when officials cleared the crash scene.

Propane leaked from the overturned truck, according to the DPS.

As of 6 p.m., the highway was reopened.



Fog factor in Danevang wreck

State Highway 71 at County Road 405 was closed in south Wharton County near Danevang after at least a dozen cars crashed in the fog about 7:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Department of Public Safety.

The roadway was re-opened about 10:30 a.m.