Accident on Texas 21


Three injured in 18-wheeler crash


Eagle Staff Writer

Eagle photo/Dave McDermand

Rescue workers carefully remove an injured woman from a late-model Cadillac involved in a three-vehicle accident on Texas 21 near Kurten. Two Crockett residents also were injured in the Monday morning accident, which shut down the highway for about an hour.

Three people were injured Monday when a Tyler woman’s vehicle veered into oncoming traffic while driving along Texas 21 and collided a passing 18-wheeler and the car behind it, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.

Trooper Vernon Gaines said he didn’t know what caused the driver of a Cadillac to veer into oncoming traffic. The woman told Gaines she didn’t remember the 9:30 a.m. accident, he said.

Gaines said Mary Wiederstein, 53, was driving north on Texas 21 about five miles north of Kurten when her car veered into the southbound lane, striking the 18-wheeler. The impact from the collision knocked the Cadillac sideways, and it was struck by a Chrysler Concord that was behind the 18-wheeler, Gaines said.

Both Wiederstein and the two Crockett residents in the Chrysler — driver Jesse Clark and his wife, Jimmie Clark, both 69 — were taken to St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan, Gaines said.

Wiederstein was listed in critical condition Monday night. Jesse Clark was in surgery, and his condition was not known. Jimmie Clark was listed in serious condition. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

Gaines said Wiederstein likely would be cited for driving on the wrong side of the road.

All three people injured were wearing seat belts, but each still were lucky to be alive, Gaines said. The highway was shut down for at least an hour following the accident, which scattered car parts across the road, Gaines said.

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