The Texas Department of Public Safety said four people were injured over the weekend in two separate, single-vehicle crashes.
DPS Staff Sgt. Mark Tackett said troopers first responded to a report of a rollover wreck on U.S. Highway 82, just east of Sadler, on Friday night. Tackett said the 48-year-old female driver was traveling near Raccoon Drive when she experienced a blow out on her Ford Explorer SUV and left the roadway.
“She was westbound on U.S. (Hwy.) 82 when her vehicle got a flat tire on the left rear,” Tackett said. “She lost control of the vehicle, drove into the northside ditch and rolled.”
The woman, her 18-year-old son and another male passenger of unknown relation, were all taken by ambulance to Texoma Medical Center. Tackett said he did not know the extent of their injuries, nor did he know their conditions as of Monday afternoon. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Troopers responded to the second crash, seven miles outside Whitesboro, on Saturday morning. Tackett said a 24-year-old man from Atoka, Oklahoma, was traveling north on U.S. Highway 377 when his Chevrolet pickup veered off the road, traveled through a pasture and struck a tree.
The man sustained injuries that were not life threatening, but was flown to Medical City Plano by an air ambulance. Tackett said investigators were working to determine whether alcohol played a role in the crash.
“Because he was taken from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries, we were unable to check for sobriety,” Tackett said. “The driver had been drinking, but we don’t know if he was intoxicated or not.”
Tackett said the wreck involving the 24-year-old man remained under investigation. The DPS sergeant encouraged motorists to drive safely and to regularly inspect their vehicles for damage or potential issues.
“It’s important, when operating a motor vehicle on a public roadway, to always ensure that your equipment is in good working order,” Tackett said.