Flash Staff Report
ERATH COUNTY (July 27, 2016) – Two local men were injured Wednesday when a light rain caused their vehicles to collide about five miles north of Stephenville on US 67.
According to crash reports, the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Gerardo Vasquez-Ramirez, 54 of Hico, was traveling eastbound on 67 when it hydroplaned on the wet roadway and hit the westbound 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 driven by Ronald Lee McKinney, 64 of Stephenville, nearly head-on.
Texas DPS Sr. PIO Trooper Dub Gillum said the rain on the roadway was believed to be the cause of the accident as it had been raining in the area prior to the crash, according to investigation by Trooper BJ Hill of Stephenville.
According to reports, first responders were dispatched to an accident just after 3 p.m. Upon arrival, emergency crews went to work helping both drivers from their vehicles and calling for Air-Evac. The roadway was shut down for some time as crews worked to free the drivers and help the helicopters land. Traffic was backed up for over an hour as emergency personnel helped clear the scene.
Air-Evac took Vasques-Ramirez to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and McKinney to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. According to personnel at both hospitals. as of 11 p.m. Wednesday, both were in stable condition.