Guardian EMS, sheriff's personnel and a driver for Danny's carried Belinda Smith up a steep hill off of Highway 44 in order to secure her on a stretcher nearby. Photo by MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.

Car failed to yield right of way

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Three women were injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Highway 44 west of Alice.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Herman Arellano reported to the scene.

A white Chevrolet Suburban was headed east on Highway 44, nearing the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 2507.

Arellano said at the same time a white Dodge Grand Caravan drove onto the FM 2507 crossover and failed to yield to east bound traffic.

The Suburban, driven by Joseph Fox of Corpus Christi, struck the van and proceeded to the grassy area below Highway 44.

Belinda Smith of Alice, the driver of the Grand Caravan, veered to the left and after impact went off the edge of the road and continued down Hwy. 44, coming to rest some 400 feet from the point of impact, facing east Arellano said.

Three Guardian EMS ambulances reported to the scene. Personnel removed Smith from her van.

Her son, Arturo Martinez, was visibly shaken after the accident. Mary Fox and Elizabeth Keys, both passengers in the Suburban, were also carried out on stretchers, wearing neck braces.

All three individuals were taken to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice.