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ERATH COUNTY (June 26, 2016) — A two-vehicle accident on US Highway 67 between Stephenville and Dublin Sunday afternoon resulted in two patients – one male and one female – being transported first to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville then reportedly on to hospitals in Fort Worth.
Ryan Lee Gaitan, 17/male, of Dublin, and Darcy Sones, 18/female, of De Leon, were hospitalized. Gaitan, the son of Erath County Precinct 2 Constable Lee Roy Gaitan, was wearing his seat belt but Sones was not, according to an update received late Sunday night from Texas Department of Public Safety senior public information officer Dub Gilliam.
Gaitan was the driver and Sones the passenger in a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro traveling north on US 67 when they struck a 1986 Ford flat bed pick up truck traveling the same direction at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, according to information provided by DPS. The accident, which where US 67 meets County Road 380, is still under investigation by trooper Justin Becker.
Reports from family members Sunday evening indicated both patients were later transported from Stephenville to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. The DPS report does not confirm as much, but listed Sones’ condition as serious and Gaitan’s as unknown. The driver of the pickup, Tyson McElroy, 34, of Dublin, was not injured, according to DPS.
The highway was closed for most of two hours as emergency responders worked the scene. Erath County Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Dublin Volunteer Fire Department, Harbin Volunteer Fire Department, Dublin EMS, Erath EMS joined DPS at the scene.
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