An accident between a car and a pickup truck late Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 67 critically injured the car's driver and her son, who is a senior at Glen Rose High School, and shut down the busy highway for more than two hours.
The names of the injured were being withheld by authorities pending notification of their families.
The driver, a woman, and the front-seat passenger, her 17-year-old son, had to be cut out of their cars with a device called the “jaws of life” and were transported by air ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital. The mother suffered severe head injuries and was undergoing surgery Wednesday.
Her son is in critical condition, but is expected to survive, friends of the family said.
The driver of the white pickup truck, also a senior at the high school, was battered and bruised in the accident, but attended school Thursday morning.
The accident occurred around 5:15 p.m. The cause remains under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Its report was not immediately available.
Eyewitnesses said the woman, who was driving a maroon Mercury Sable, was turning at the intersection of U.S. 67 and FM 203 when the car and pickup collided.
The Sable was totaled, its windshield shattered. After the victims were cut out of the car, twisted pieces of the wreckage lay strewn in the ditch.
Ambulances, Somervell County Sheriff's Department officers, Somervell County Fire Department personnel, tow trucks and helicopters converged on the scene. Traffic was shut down in both directions on U.S. 67 until the vehicles and debris strewn on the road could be cleared.
The highway did not reopen until about 7:30 p.m. Traffic was rerouted, but some people reported it took an hour to get to their destinations on back roads.
Please see next week's edition of the Glen Rose Reporter for an updated report.