Truck versus road tractor accident injures youths

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TRUCK VERSUS TRACTOR — Emergency personnel work the scene of an accident from which two young males were airlifted to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin for trauma care last Wednesday afternoon, June 12. The 16-year-old youths are reportedly recovering from injuries suffered when the Chevy truck they were traveling in veered off the roadway and struck a parked John Deere road tractor on Ranch to Market 2721. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

Two teenagers are now recovering from injuries sustained in an accident last Wednesday evening, June 12, in which their pickup struck a parked road tractor.

According to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper J.C. Spillman, the accident happened around 5:30 p.m. on Ranch to Market 2721 about a tenth of a mile west of Rode Road.

Levi Ottmers, 16, of Stonewall, was driving a black 1993 Chevy pickup eastbound on RM 2721 with Tanner Guthrie, 16, of Fredericksburg, as his passenger, when the accident occurred, Spillman said.

Reportedly a vehicle entered the roadway from a ditched area and the two youths feared it was coming into their lane of traffic. Ottmers veered off the roadway and struck a parked piece of heavy machinery, a John Deere 650J road grader, Spillman said.

Ottmers and Guthrie were both airlifted from the scene to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.

Guthrie was treated and released the following day on Thursday, June 13, Spillman said, but added that Ottmers continues to be hospitalized in “stable condition” at last report.

There were a few other accidents handled by DPS over the weekend.

One was reported around 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, on Ranch to Market 965. According to DPS Corporal Coy Morales, Veronica Valencia, 28, of Austin was driving a 1990 Toyota pickup south on RM 965 “at an unsafe speed for wet pavement” when she lost control and ran off the roadway to the left in a sharp curve. The vehicle rolled over onto its right side, Morales said. Valencia and her passenger, Christina Jimenez, 27, reportedly refused medical treatment at the scene.

Later that same day, at 5:30 p.m., a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Brian Smith, 42, of Austin was traveling west on U.S. Highway 290 when a sheep entered the roadway from the right. According to DPS reports, the driver braked to avoid striking the animal, causing the bike to overturn onto its left and ejecting Smith from the seat. The driver removed the bike from the roadway and he was later taken by private transportation to an Austin-area hospital for treatment and his condition is unknown.

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