Six people, including one by HALO-Flight, were transported to local hospitals after a collision between a Jeep and a Suburban at the intersection of the Highway 281 relief route and Highway 44 Friday about 1:30 p.m., Trooper Izak Gallegos with the Department of Public Safety said.
Gallegos said the Jeep driven by Samantha Sauceda, 18, was traveling northbound on the relief route on Highway 281 when she apparently didn’t yield and crossed over onto Highway 44. She struck a Chevrolet Suburban traveling eastbound on Highway 44 on the driver’s side.
“The driver of the Jeep was just not paying attention,” Gallegos said.
The driver of the Suburban, David Johnson, 49, was flown by HALO-Flight with injuries to his chest and possible broken ribs, officials said. The passenger of the Suburban and all four occupants of the Jeep were taken to CHRUSTUS Spohn Hospital Alice by ambulance with cuts and scrapes. All of the teens in the Jeep were from the Rio Grande Valley on their way home. All of the injuries were non-life threatening, Gallegos said.
The Suburban was banged up with extensive damage to the driver’s side and front area, and the Jeep has damage to the passenger side and front area with one of its tires tilted outward. Glass lay shattered throughout the highway.
Alice Police Department, sheriff’s department, Guardian EMS and Danny’s Wrecker Service assisted with the accident.