Pictured: Inez Pena, 17, was taken by Guardian EMS to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, and then flown to Corpus Christi with head injuries during an accident on County Road 336 and Highway 44 late Friday morning. MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.

One Agua Dulce student flown to hospital

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Five people were injured, including three Agua Dulce High School students, after their car was struck by an Ford truck on east Highway 44 Friday morning.

The truck, driven by William Westbrook, was heading east on Highway 44, approaching County Road 336, near Bentonville, when a gray Chrysler Sebring crossed the median and went into the east bound lane of traffic.

Department of Public Safety Trooper II Ismael Escobar said the car failed to yield the right of way and was struck by the truck.

The car veered off to the left and then off the southern edge of the roadway and continued through the bar ditch, officials said. It then struck a private fence and came to rest on private property. The truck veered right into the bar ditch, where it stopped.

Westbrook and his wife, Charlotte, were taken by ambulance to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice.

The driver of the car, Marcos Gonzalez ,17, of Agua Dulce, was cited for no license and failure to yield right of way, officials said. His passengers Inez Pena and Angel Hinojosa, both 17, also from Agua Dulce, were visibly shaken by the experience.

Pena, who suffered head injures, was being treated by paramedics as they carried her to the ambulance, wrapped in her school jacket. She was met at the hospital by HALO Flight, and transported to a Corpus Christi hospital. Her condition was not known on Friday.