LUBBOCK, TX - Update:
Police released the names of those involved in a crash Sunday afternoon.
Officials said 46-year-old Clinton Stephenson struck a light pole near the 6600 block of Interstate 27. He continued driving with two flat tires on the Loop 289 westbound frontage road. As he approached the intersection, he was in the right hand turn lane, but he continued to travel straight. His pickup continued through the median and struck another pickup driven by 27-year-old Timothy Stephens.
Clinton Stephenson’s pickup truck came to a rest in the bushes near a gas station.
Both Stephens and Stephenson were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. After leaving the scene, Stephenson’s injuries were upgraded to serious, but non-life threatening. Police responded to the accident around 1 p.m.
Employees at the Valero gas station said a bush protected them from a crash that happened at the corner of of the South Loop 289 access road and University Avenue.
"We park right there. It is just wonderful we didn't park right there, just then and there. I'm just glad he didn't hit the store," Valero Employee Debrianna Davis said.
According to LPD, one of the trucks was heading west-bound on the access road to the Loop, but instead of turning right onto University from the right turn lane, the driver crossed over the median into oncoming traffic.
The driver of another pickup truck saw the driver coming and tried to stop, but was unable to avoid the other truck. The two collided, but then the first truck continued on, ultimately landing in the bushes of the Valero parking lot.
Three people were taken to University Medical Center with minor injuries, but one of the victims suffered a medical condition after arriving at the hospital.
Accident investigators were called to the scene to reconstruct specifics of the wreck.
"We'll be able to reconstruct it as best we can from witness and officers on scene to see where they ended up," Sergeant Jimmy Pachall said. "Now...backtracking to try and find the cause of it? That may be a little more difficult."
The investigation is ongoing.
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