Teachers were travelling to workshop when accident occurred

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

One St. Joseph Catholic School teacher is still at CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi after a two-vehicle accident outside of Driscoll last Thursday morning.

Four teachers from St. Joseph Catholic School were traveling in an SUV at the time of the accident.

Melinda Gonzalez was in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit as of late Monday morning, after suffering from lacerations and internal injuries, but has been moved to a regular room.

Gonzalez, along with Veronica Salinas, Velma Smithwick and Margot Garcia were headed to a teacher workshop in Corpus Christi early Thursday morning, when their vehicle was struck by a tractor as they traveled east on Farm-to-Market Road 665.

Driscoll Police Chief Benigno Zapata said that as the SUV the teachers were in attempted to swerve away from the tractor, the tractor struck the backside of the SUV and heavily damaged the area where Gonzalez was located. The tractor driver said he never saw the SUV, Zapata said.

He was cited for failure to yield right of way. Salinas, Smithwick and Garcia were at school on Monday, preparing for classes at St. Joseph, which begin on Wednesday.

Gonzalez is the computer technology teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School.

School officials said Gonzalez suffered broken ribs and her spleen was removed.

Students will be making get-well cards for Gonzalez this week. Thursday was her second day with the school.