By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
Two San Benito men were transported to the hospital with unconfirmed injuries Saturday afternoon after crashing their utility truck in between two concrete pillars beneath the Sam Houston Boulevard overpass.
According to officer Carlos Romero of the San Benito Police Department, authorities were called to the vicinity of the Sam Houston and Frontage Road (U.S. Expressway 77/83) overpass at approximately 4:13 p.m. on Oct. 12 in reference to a one-vehicle collision.
Romero said the occupants of a utility truck exited the Expressway and somehow became lodged between the two overpass pillars. Although Romero confirmed that the occupants were transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained in the accident, he was unaware of the severity of the injuries as of 4:55 p.m.
“The driver was walking, but he still got transported (to the hospital); I’m just not sure what kind of injuries he has,” Romero said, adding, “With the passenger, the fire department had to take him out, and he also got transported. I’m not sure what kind of injuries he has either.”
Trina Rodriguez of San Benito was at the scene of the accident and informed the San Benito News that it was her grandson, 25-year-old Bryan Navarro also of San Benito, who was the driver of the utility vehicle. According to Rodriguez, a shaken Navarro called her and said that the truck’s brakes malfunctioned, asking her to drive to the Sam Houston Boulevard and Frontage Road overpass.
Upon her arrival, Rodriguez said she panicked after observing the scene of the accident. She also said that her grandson had a laceration on his face, but otherwise appeared okay. Rodriguez, however, was unaware of the condition of the passenger.