2017-10-11 / Front Page

Driver charged in crash

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Reporter


MAGIC VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE crews prepare to replace a power pole snapped during a two-car accident near Raymondville. 
(Photo by Allen Essex) MAGIC VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE crews prepare to replace a power pole snapped during a two-car accident near Raymondville. (Photo by Allen Essex) Four people were taken to Harlingen hospitals by ambulance from a 1p.m. Friday two-car accident at the intersection of FM 1762 and Lopez Road north of Raymondville.

A 3-year-old boy in a small pickup truck was among the injured. The driver of the pickup was cited for no driver’s license, disregarding a stop sign, no child safety seat, possession of a controlled substance and failure to maintain insurance on the pickup truck.

DPS Trooper Joaquin Garza investigated the accident. Several Willacy County sheriff’s deputies assisted at the scene.

The pickup collided with a small sport utility vehicle with two females in the car. All four were taken to hospitals.

The DPS report was still pending on Monday and names were not available.

A utility pole was snapped by one of the vehicles and a Magic Valley Electric Cooperative crew was on the scene to replace it. About 200 customers were affected by the power outage caused by the wreck, said MVEC Inspector Luis Alaniz. Power would be restored to the affected homes and businesses as soon as the pole was replaced, he said.

Willacy County EMS transported the four injured people EMS Director Frank Torres said.

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