Christina Aleman, 39, and Megan Darling, 20, of Three Rivers were driving into town in a 2012 Chevy Impala with Cadence Aleman in a car seat when they were rear-ended by a F750 Pumpco truck with a trailer as they were turning onto Owens Avenue.
The truck jackknifed to the water tower’s side of the road, and the Chevy veered the opposite direction.
Three Rivers police and fire departments responded to the incident along with state troopers.
Detective Clint Davis said the truck was going close to the speed limit at the time of the collision.
Police officer Howard Bostwick said the truck driver was given three citations on Friday, one for no trailer brakes, one for no break-away device, and another for failure to control speed.
“We all had seat belts on; I think that was the only thing that kept us from going through the windshield,” Darling said.
As of Friday afternoon, Cadence’s condition was improving, according to Jaeanelle Darling. Jaeanelle also said her tubes and cervical collar were removed and she has a fractured left eye, bleeding on the brain, and bruised lungs despite being in a car seat.
“It’s a day-to-day wait,” Jaeanelle said.
Christina and Megan were on their feet on Friday with a few bumps and bruises.
As of Monday, Detective Davis said Cadence “took a turn for the better” during the weekend and would be out of the hospital soon.
No other information is available at this time, including the name of the driver.