Irene Moreno Patlan’s GMC Yukon rolled over and landed upside down on FM 1049 near Simmons City on Aug. 29 at about 1:15 p.m. Then the next day about 12:15 p.m., Victoria Arredondo’s Chevy Trailblazer spun out, took down a powerline pole and then flipped over its front end when its tire blow out about two miles west of where Patlan’s wreck occurred.
Patlan was stuck in the driver’s seat of her car, and the Acadian EMS crew had to pull her out from the window. DPS Trooper Benjamin Amoles said she probably wasn’t wearing her seat belt because she broke her legs and was in critical condition when HALO-Flight arrived on scene. She was flown to Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi.
Amoles said Patlan claimed to have swerved to avoid hitting an animal while heading toward Highway 281. Patlan crossed the opposing lane, went into the ditch and took out some brush along the way. When her SUV hit the embankment it rolled over.
Amoles said she was on her way to work at the time.
Live Oak County Sheriff’s, Three Rivers Police and Three Rivers Fire Departments also responded to the call for Patlan.
Then on Friday, Arredondo, 28, of Beeville was driving with Lori Lee Garza in the passenger seat when their wreck occurred. Arredondo was the only one to be injured, Acadian EMS responded and took her to Christus Spohn Hospital in Beeville.
DPS Trooper Jose Prado said Arredondo had back, neck and leg injuries.
“She was lucky though; she took that pole right on,” Prado said.