Fatality in Two-Vehicle Accident on U.S. 277 South of San Angelo

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by Joe Hyde

Jan 24, 2014

A Dodge Ram 2500 was involved in a fatal accident with a Chevy Suburban. (LIVE! Photo by John Basquez)
A Dodge Ram 2500 was involved in a fatal accident with a Chevy Suburban. (LIVE! Photo by John Basquez)
Firemen work to open the door of a Dodge Ram involved in a fatal car crash on Friday night. (LIVE! Photo by John Basquez)
Firemen work to open the door of a Dodge Ram involved in a fatal car crash on Friday night. (LIVE! Photo by John Basquez)
A Chevy Suburban lies overturned after a fatal motor vehicle accident Friday on 277. (LIVE! Photo by John Basquez)
A Chevy Suburban lies overturned after a fatal motor vehicle accident Friday on 277. (LIVE! Photo by John Basquez)
A fatality in a black Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup after it collided head-on with a black Chevrolet Suburban on U.S. 277 just north of Christoval and 15 mi. south of San Angelo on Jan. 24, 2014. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)
A fatality in a black Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup after it collided head-on with a black Chevrolet Suburban on U.S. 277 just north of Christoval and 15 mi. south of San Angelo on Jan. 24, 2014. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)
Traffic backs up in front of big accident on U.S. 277 just north of Christoval (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)
Traffic backs up in front of big accident on U.S. 277 just north of Christoval (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)
Two vehicle accident just north of Christoval on U.S. 277. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)
Two vehicle accident just north of Christoval on U.S. 277. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)
A fatality in a black Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup after it collided head-on with a black Chevrolet Suburban on U.S. 277 just north of Christoval and 15 mi. south of San Angelo on Jan. 24, 2014. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)
A fatality in a black Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup after it collided head-on with a black Chevrolet Suburban on U.S. 277 just north of Christoval and 15 mi. south of San Angelo on Jan. 24, 2014. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)
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The Christoval Volunteer Fire Department is extracting a victim of a two-car accident just north of Christoval and 15 miles south of San Angelo, Tx on U.S. 277. A black Dodge Ram 2500’s driver appears to be pinned inside.

Off in the ditch, 15 yards away from the Dodge, which blocks both lanes of traffic, is an overturned SUV of unknown make and model. Both vehicles are black in color. Girl Scout cookie boxes litter the area around the overturned SUV, according to eyewitnesses on the scene.

Shannon Hospital’s Life Flight helicopter has already airlifted victims from the crash scene.

It appears that the Dodge Ram was headed northbound and collided with the black SUV. The combined velocity of the two vehicles meant that both collided at a high rate of speed, and they hit head-on.

All north and southbound traffic is diverted on to the shoulder around the scene.

San Angelo LIVE! will update this story as information becomes available. We have two reporters on the scene.

Update 11:48 p.m.

The exact location of the accident is U.S. 277 and 1/4 mile north of McDonald Rd. just north of Christoval, TX.

Update 12:11 a.m.

DPS confirms one dead from the Dodge 2500. One victim transported from the scene on a Shannon Life Flight helicopter.

Update 12:23 a.m.

Justice of the Peace arrived on scene at 12 a.m. and just departed at 12:15 p.m. One fatality confirmed. Wrecker service is lifting mangled Dodge Ram 2500 up on a flatbed truck.

Update 12:45 p.m.

DPS confirms head-on collision. The female driving the black Chevrolet Suburban was transported to (unconfirmed) Shannon Medical Center. The call to respond to the accident occurred at 10 p.m. DPS doesn't expect alcohol or drugs, but tests will be performed on the victims. A passer-by called in the accident. Seatbeat worn by Suburban driver, but when she was removed from the vehicle, she was in the back seat. DPS confirms that the driver of the Dodge Ram 2500 was killed. 

Update 10:30 a.m., Saturday

TXDPS Public Information Officer Shawn Baxter has released the names of those involved in the crash. The driver of the truck has been identified as 28-year-old Michael Eugene Bell, an oil field worker from Palestine, TX. Bell was pronounced deceased on the scene around midnight by Justice of the Peace Kay Longest. Bell's body was taken to Johnson's Funeral Home. Next of kin has been notified.

The driver of the SUV was 38-year-old Christy Louella Arendt. Arendt was taken to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries and as of midnight her condition was critical, Baxter said.  She is from Eldorado and works as an RN at Community Medical Center, according to her online profile. 

Department of Public Safety Debriefing

More: U.S. 277 south of San Angelo, Tx was the scene of two additional fatalities in Nov. 2013.

The exact location of the accident

Comments

VFD

Met a guy at the gym yesterday who is a volunteer firefighter. People make fun of the VFDs, but these guys are highly trained...and one accident like this they pay for their training.

Need City and State Help

I hope a Cellphone wasnt involved. Ive seen more people swerving on all major highways out of San Angelo because of cellphones. Texas needs to step up and pass a law restricting cellphone use while driving. Its not fair to those who are not on their cellphones. Also the work Reece Albert did on HWY 277 was pretty poor. The city needs to improve all the highways in and out of san angelo. Quit paying for cheap work and get it fixed. Better roads equal safer travel. But likely everyone will just hide in their house and not do anything. Noone likes to take a stand and fix things.

hello family

I hope not either, but before remarks are made like this, might want to think about the family that is reading it. There is no evidence that a cell phone is the cause of this. Its really easy to point fingers, but will it bring my brother back. I will take a stand, and grieving the loss of my brother at only 28. It is rude, and not very thoughtful for someone assuming that a cell phone was the cause. That is how rumors get started. This is a horrible accident and 2 people lost their lives, and the families are feeling this loss. Go to another web site to rant and rave about a comment that you have no clue about what your talking about. It is a horrible accident, and not anything anyone wishes for any family. I don't see how your comment is taking a stand, does it bring either of these families back, No it does not!!!! Accidents happen, does not mean we are going to hide, or run, but just know I will stand for my brother, and I am sorry for the other family grieving as well. This is hard enough for us to handle the loss, so please before you remark with a comment think about others! That is my stand!