A pickup and minivan collided head-on in Pottsboro injuring eight people, including five children, Friday afternoon.
At about 12:45 p.m., a blue GMC pickup traveling eastbound on FM 120 struck a westbound Toyota Sienna van. The wreck occurred near St. John’s Episcopal Church in Pottsboro.
Pottsboro Police Lt. Shane Ford said witnesses reported that the pickup crossed the center line, striking the van. The pickup was occupied by one male driver.
“We had two witnesses that said he was driving erratic in the truck, and he crossed over and the van couldn’t avoid the collision,” Ford said.
The occupants in the van were two adult females and five children. Ford said three of the children appeared to be between ages 9 and 14, and the other two were younger. He said a couple of the children appeared to have broken collar bones and another passenger appeared to have a broken leg. All seven of the occupants were transported to the Texoma Medical Center. Ford noted the occupants were from the Austin area.
The pickup driver was transported to a Plano hospital via CareFlite. Police were unsure what caused the pickup to cross over the median.
“No foul play at this time — in other words, he didn’t appear to be intoxicated or anything like that,” Ford said.
The Pottsboro responders were assisted by emergency personnel from Denison, Sherman, Southmayd and the North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field. FM 120 was closed while crews cleared the scene, and it reopened at about 2:15 p.m.