Two Karnes deputies injured after missing head-on colission

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A Karnes County patrol vehicle rests on U.S. 181 after colliding with a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon. No one was seriously injured.

KARNES CITY – Two deputies were able to avoid a possibly fatal head-on collision with a tractor trailer Wednesday afternoon but suffered injuries after striking a pickup truck.

Chief Deputy Robert Ebrom said the county patrol unit was involved in the wreck after taking evasive action.

A tractor trailer traveling east on Farm to Market 1144 failed to yield right of way and pulled out onto U.S. Highway 181, Ebrom said.

“He failed to yield right of way. He kept coming out into the middle of the roadway. The deputy took evasive action to the left. When he did, he struck a northbound Dodge pickup,” Ebrom said. “It did severe damage to our vehicle, and the pickup sustained a lot of damage. The 18-wheeler never was touched.”

The patrol unit ended up sideswiping the Dodge pickup, and the pickup’s driver was not injured.

Texas DPS is investigating the crash. Deputy Joe Maldonado, the driver of the patrol unit, suffered a minor leg injury. His passenger, Deputy Nicole Camarillo, also suffered minor injuries.

“She was on the passenger side and just got bruised. She didn’t get injured seriously. They lucked out. If they would have hit that pickup head-on ... it would have probably killed them.”

The 18-wheeler, a frac sand-hauling truck, is registered to a company out of Pleasanton.