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July 12, 2013

Children injured when road rage leads to wreck

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Witnesses reported an apparent road rage incident led up to a wreck on State Highway 199 near Reno Thursday afternoon leaving three people, including two children, injured. 

The westbound lanes of the highway were shut down around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon near McDaniel Drive as Air Evac landed a helicopter to transport a child with a reported incapacitating head injury to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. LifeCare reportedly transported a woman to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth and another child to Cook Children’s by ground ambulance. 

Due to the severity of the injuries, the wreck was being investigated by DPS as a potential fatality. 

Several witnesses said a white Ford SUV was traveling eastbound on 199 in the right lane at a high rate of speed and appeared to be involved in a possible road rage incident with a blue car, according to investigating Trooper Corey Brasher, who said he was told the two vehicles were swerving in the roadway. 

When the SUV attempted to merge into the left lane of traffic and realized at the last moment there was not enough room, the SUV overcorrected, traveled through the median and T-boned a westbound orange Kia, according to DPS. 

There were two adult women in the front seats of the Kia and two children in the back, Brasher said, adding that the adult and child sitting on the driver’s side took the brunt of the impact. 

The orange Kia ended up partially in a ditch on the north side of the highway and the SUV stopped several feet in front of a business.  

Good Samaritans drove stakes into the ground and used a rope in an attempt to keep the car from sliding further into the ravine, according to Brasher. 

At least one occupant of the Kia was reported to have been trapped inside the car and ESD No. 1 firefighters reportedly extricated them. 

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