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Man injured in collision with 18-wheeler
by Tim Delaney, Progress Editor
Jan 18, 2013 | 2009 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An 18-wheeler sits in the southbound lane of Alternate U.S. Highway 281 after it struck the Dodge pickup to its left at aboput 4:10 p.m. Jan.8. The pickup traveled on to hit a tree. the pickup's driver, Raul Moreno, 23, of San Benito, was transported to the South Texas Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton with back injuries.
An 18-wheeler sits in the southbound lane of Alternate U.S. Highway 281 after it struck the Dodge pickup to its left at aboput 4:10 p.m. Jan.8. The pickup traveled on to hit a tree. the pickup's driver, Raul Moreno, 23, of San Benito, was transported to the South Texas Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton with back injuries.
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WHITSETT — A San Benito man was injured Tuesday afternoon when he failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 99 and Alternate U.S. Highway 281.

At about 4:10 p.m., Raul Moreno, 23, failed to yield at a stop sign when his white Dodge 4X4 crossed U.S. Highway 281 headed west.

An 18-wheeler driven by Enrique Avila, 52, headed south on Alternate U.S. Highway 281, hit Moreno’s pickup near the back mid section.

The pickup spun around and traveled sideways across the highway and struck a tree on the west side of Alternate U.S. Highway 281, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Raul Garcia.

The pickup narrowly missed a utility pole and lost a fuel container from its bed on the highway.

Avila’s tractor-trailer rig came to a stop on the highway nearby with major damage to its tractor.

Moreno sustained back injuries and was transported to South Texas Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton by Acadian Ambulance Service, according to Garcia. Garcia added that Moreno appeared to not have life-threatening injuries.

Dave Mauricio who lives nearby the intersection said he was in his house when he heard the wreck.

“It was a loud boom, so I came out to see what it was,” he said. “For me to hear it way over (at my house), it had to be loud.”

In addition to the DPS and Acadian Ambulance Service, the Whitsett Volunteer Fire Department was at the scene and aided in freeing Moreno from his pickup.

Also, the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident.

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