Five people were transported to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls on Friday and are in stable condition after a two-vehicle accident on Hwy. 287 in Clay County.
The accident was reported at 4:55 p.m. and occurred approximately one mile north of Jolly. A blowout caused the driver of a 2004 Ford F250 pickup to loose control of the vehicle. The three-quarter ton pickup crossed the median into oncoming traffic in the southbound lanes, striking a 2013 Dodge Charger head-on.
A 16-year-old girl who had been in the back seat of the car was transported by helicopter. Trooper Will Richter said the girl complained of back and pelvic pain likely caused by her seatbelt.
The driver of the car, Derek Peters, 44, and front passenger, wife Teresa Peters, 41, of Amarillo, were taken by ambulance. Derek Peters suffered a possible broken ankle, while Teresa Peters reported back and pelvic pain.
The driver of the pickup, Jewell Jordan, 78, and wife Patsy Jordan, 75, of Altus, Okla., also were transported by ambulance. Two dogs riding in back seat were uninjured and are being cared for by Wichita Falls animal control.
Hwy. 287 south was closed for a time as the victims were evacuated. A second, minor accident happened as vehicles slowed along the stitch of road.
Editor’s note: Story updated to include victims’ identification and condition.