Sherman Police said two local residents sustained serious injuries Tuesday evening after their vehicle was struck by a pickup on U.S. Highway 82.


Sgt. Brett Mullen said the wreck occurred at approximately 7:20 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 82, near FM 1417. Mullen said the cause of the crash remains under investigation, but a small Kia SUV, occupied by a 68-year-old female driver and a 71 -year-old male passenger, was struck from behind by a red Dodge pickup, also carrying two occupants.


“As a result of the crash, the two occupants of the Kia Sportage were flown via air ambulance for treatment at Dallas-area hospitals,” Mullen said. “From the information we have today (Wednesday), it appears both are still in either critical or serious condition.”


The occupants of the red pickup sustained minor injuries and were not transported for medical treatment. Traffic was halted on all lanes of Hwy. 82 for roughly one hour, allowing helicopters to land and transport the crash victims and emergency crews to clear the wreckage.


Mullen said no charges or citations had been issued against parties in either vehicle as of Wednesday.


“We’re still figuring out what exactly caused the crash,” Mullen said. “Half of the those involved in the crash were incapacitated last night and in the hospital, so we still have more investigating to do.”


Mullen encouraged motorists to remember that sections of Hwy. 82 allow for fast moving traffic and entry onto the freeway must be made quickly and carefully.


“You basically have to go from a standstill and get up to highway speed in a very short period of time,” Mullen said. “Make sure you’re aware of all the traffic that’s around you and in whatever lane you’re about to enter.”


Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com or on Twitter @DrewSmithHD.