A deputy was taken by HALO-Flight to a Corpus Christi hospital Friday after he was involved in a two-vehicle accident about 2 p.m. on South Highway 281, near Behrns Street.
Deputy Brandon Torres was trapped inside his vehicle as the Alice Fire Rescue team extracted him with hydraulics and cutting equipment.
The firemen had to cut part of the roofing area and pull Torres out of the sheriff’s unit from the hatchback.
The Sheriff’s Department Ford Explorer unit was damaged with broken windows and the front passenger tire was completely ripped off during the impact.
According to Alice police, Torres and the driver of a Chevrolet Trailblazer were both traveling southbound on Highway 281 when the Trailblazer’s driver was about to turn left into an oil company.
Police said Torres was behind the red Trailblazer when Torres tried to go around the Trailblazer onto the northbound lane to avoid hitting the Trailblazer.
Torres ended up hitting the Trailblazer on the driver’s side and striking the passenger side of the sheriff’s vehicle, causing it to flip twice and spinning the Trailblazer.
The driver and several passengers of the Trailblazer were taken to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Deputy Torres was taken to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Memorial with undetermined injuries.
Traffic to both the southbound and northbound lanes was delayed for about an hour before traffic was allowed to pass through.
Along with the police department, the sheriff’s department, Guardian EMS, the fire department and the Department of Public Safety also assisted with the accident.
Police said no one was cited for the accident yet, but it is likely the deputy could receive a citation if the investigation shows he caused the accident.