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One man sent to Christus Memorial in rollover
by Tim Delaney, Progress Editor
Apr 26, 2012 | 784 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
30 a.m. on Interstate 37 at Oakville.
30 a.m. on Interstate 37 at Oakville.
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OAKVILLE – A San Antonio man was taken by Halo Flight to Christus Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi with serious but not critical injuries Thursday morning, April 26.

Hermando Martinez, 42, of San Antonio, was driving south on Interstate 37 about 10:30 a.m. when he had a blowout on his left rear tire, according to Department of Public Safety Sgt. Danny Keese.

Martinez lost control of the gray Toyota 4-Runner, and it crossed over the median, flipped and landed on its side in the north-bound lane of I-37 near the Oakville overpass, said Keese.

Keese said the driver and his passenger, also of San Antonio, were wearing their seat belts and were estimated to be traveling at the 75 mph speed limit.

The passenger was not injured.

However, Martinez was being cited for not having a driver’s license.

The wreck was being investigated by DPS Trooper Jazmin Garcia.

The Three Rivers Volunteer Fire Department and the George West Volunteer Fire Department responded to the wreck and used the Jaws of Life to pry open the door of the vehicle to remove Martinez.

Acadian Paramedic Whitley Cheatham of Three Rivers said the driver had a broken wrist and was in serious condition but not critical.

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