According to information from DPS, a truck driver and a trainee were traveling south on US Highway 181 at about 4 p.m. when a tire blowout caused the truck to cross the center line striking a truck that was traveling in the northbound lane.
The impact sent the truck into the path of a third 18-wheeler and the resulting collision sent it in the direction of the bar ditch. The truck rolled over and caused flammable and potentially explosive condensate liquids to spill from the tank that the truck was hauling.
Numerous emergency workers responded to the scene, including the Karnes City Fire Department's Rescue 1 truck which used jaws of life and other extraction equipment to free the two men from the wreckage of the truck cab.
After about an hour, the two men were transported to University Hospital in San Antonio by helicopter.
Traffic was detoured around the site of the crash for about 11 hours until the highway was cleared around 3 a.m. Thursday morning, May 17.
See next week's newspaper for a more detailed account of this story.