Two people were injured in a single-vehicle rollover wreck between Tom Bean and Luella Friday afternoon.
Texas Department of Public Safety officers said the wreck occurred shortly after 3:15 p.m. on State Highway 11, near Snap Road. Trooper Greg Whitmire said the 22-year-old male driver of a Ford sedan was traveling south on Highway 11 when he began to drift off the road.
“He over-corrected to the left, went into a side skid, went off the road, hit a sign and rolled up the embankment,” Whitmire said.
When responding officers and paramedics reached the vehicle, Whitmire said they found the driver and his 18-year-old female passenger sliding in and out of consciousness. The driver was transported from the scene by an air ambulance and the passenger was taken to an area hospital by ambulance. Troopers said both occupants had few visible injuries, but added that they did not know the full extent of the pair’s injuries.
Sgt. Robert McDonald said a search of the vehicle yielded evidence which indicated the driver may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash.
“There was alcohol in the vehicle and there was alcohol on his person,” McDonald said.
Emergency crews halted traffic on Highway 11 in both directions as they transported the victims and cleared wreckage from the roadside. Fire and EMS crews from both Tom Bean and Whitewright responded to the scene.
In light of the wreck, troopers advised motorists to drive carefully and to never operate a vehicle after drinking.