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Multi-vehicle crash in Hobson claims life of Pleasanton man
HOBSON -- A 27-year-old Pleasanton man is dead and another driver is hospitalized in critical condition following a four-vehicle crash April 2 on U.S. 181 approximately 0.4 miles north of S.H. 81 here. Trooper Noe Fernandez, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, identified the deceased as Lance Bryan.
While the crash remains under investigation, preliminary information reveals that at approximately 9:31 a.m., 27-year-old Joshua West of Gatesville was driving northbound on U.S. 181 in a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck, which was towing a flatbed trailer that was carrying a piece of equipment used in oil drilling.
For reasons yet unknown, the trailer reportedly was swaying, Fernandez said, which caused West to lose control of the pickup truck and travel into the oncoming lane. His vehicle struck a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup truck driven by Bryan. The Chevrolet then was struck by a southbound 2006 Peterbilt semi tractor towing an empty flatbed trailer, driven by 47-year-old Edward Sturgis of Nacogdoches. The tractor-trailer then jackknifed, blocking the entire roadway.
Fernandez said the two impacts split Bryan’s truck into at least two pieces. A 2006 Hyundai Elantra driven by Amanda Aguirre of Beeville struck the Chevrolet’s engine, which was lying in the roadway. Aguirre was not injured, but her passenger -- 53-year-old Irma Perez of Kenedy -- was flown to University Hospital in San Antonio.
Also flown to University Hospital was West, who as of April 3 was listed in critical condition, according to hospital spokesman Sylvia Garcia. There was no further information about Perez.
Fernandez said Sturgis was treated at the scene for minor injuries and that U.S. 181 was shut down for approximately two hours.
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