Multi-Vehicle Crash on San Angelo's Houston-Harte at Howard St.
Investigating San Angelo Police Officer Korby Kennedy said that the morning blinding sun may have been a factor in this morning's multiple vehicle pile-up on the Houston-Harte Expressway. Initial reports on the scene are that the 2004(ish) black Toyota Tundra hit the tan/gold Chevrolet SUV, setting off a chain reaction involving approximately five or six vehicles. The 911 call was received at 8:20 a.m.
It was one crash that set off a chain reaction of multiple smaller crashes. Kennedy said that the investigation will take "several hours."
No serious injuries were reported. Two were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, police said. They were high school kids. police said.
We will update this story when the results of the investigation are in.
Update 10:41 a.m.
Police have stated that they were dispatched to a rollover crash at 7:43 a.m. A gold Toyota Highlander operated by 17-year-old Kristen Hinshaw was east bound in the 2900 block of Houston Harte Expwy. A black Toyota Tundra operated by 17-year-old Tim Cheng was behind the Highlander.
The Highlander had slowed significantly due to traffic and the poor visibility due to the morning sun. The driver of the Tundra stated that he did not see the Highlander, due to poor visibility, and attempted to avoid a collision and slammed on his brakes.
The Tundra struck the Highlander causing the Highlander to leave the roadway and roll over one time. The Tundra then collided with the left rear of a Gray Dodge pickup operated by 42-year-old Stephen Gartmen.
No injuries were reported in the gray Dodge. Both drivers of the Tundra and Highlander were transported to Shannon ER with non-incapacitating injuries. The driver of the Tundra was cited for failure to control speed.
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