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Slick, slippery surface blamed for wrecks
by Tim Delaney
Mar 06, 2014 | 72 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A tractor-trailer rig separated and lay on its side after the rig left U.S. Highway 77 on the north side of the railroad overpass on Wednesday morning, Feb. 26. The driver was pinned inside and later transported to DeTar Hospital in Victoria. Morning rain had left the highway slick, and two other accidents were attributed to the weather.
Velma Gonzales photo A tractor-trailer rig separated and lay on its side after the rig left U.S. Highway 77 on the north side of the railroad overpass on Wednesday morning, Feb. 26. The driver was pinned inside and later transported to DeTar Hospital in Victoria. Morning rain had left the highway slick, and two other accidents were attributed to the weather.
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REFUGIO COUNTY – Rain left U.S. Highway 77 slick and slippery, and that resulted in three crashes Wednesday morning, Feb. 26.

The first two wrecks happened within minutes of each other and involved tractor-trailer rigs.

The first tractor-trailer rig wreck was reported at 10:38 a.m. The rig had jackknifed in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 77 just north of the railroad overpass about 2 miles north of Refugio.

No injuries were reported from the first wreck.

The second tractor-trailer rig crash was reported at 10:41 a.m., and it was in the southbound lanes before leaving U.S. Highway 77 and crashing through a fence line, ending up on its side also on the north side of the railroad overpass.

The trailer was full of fruit.

The driver of the second rig was pinned in the cab of his tractor.

Because of bad weather, a HALO flight could not come to the scene. So after the driver was freed from the cab, the driver was transported to DeTar Hospital in Victoria by medics.

A third crash was reported at 11:34 a.m. and occurred on U.S. Highway 77 south of Refugio about a mile.

The white Ford F-450 pickup lost control as it was traveling northbound, and it went across the median and rolled, landing on its side in the southbound lanes.

The driver was uninjured.

Refugio County Sheriff Robert Bolcik blamed slick highways for the wrecks.

Responding to the wrecks were the Refugio County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety troopers, Refugio Fire Department and Refugio County Medics 1 and 2.
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