Local man dies in two-vehicle accident on Texas Hwy 16

FREDERICKSBURG Volunteer Fire Department personnel work alongside Fred-ericksburg EMS paramedics in tending to a crash victim and removing him from the wreckage of this Central Texas Electric Cooperative truck involved in a head-on collision with a 1991 Ford Ranger truck (in the fore-ground) that had crossed in-to its lane on Texas Highway 16 South. The driver of the Ranger, Lee Welch, was pro-nounced dead at the scene, becoming Gillespie County’s sixth roadway fatality of the year, while both the driver and passenger of the CTEC truck were airlifted to San Antonio for trauma care and have since been released in stable condition. —Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Less than a week after Gillespie County had its fifth roadway fatality of the year, another two-vehicle accident on Thursday, Sept. 12, claimed the life of a 44-year-old Fredericksburg man.

Lorenzo Clarence (Lee) Welch was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Louis Rech at 8:50 a.m. at the scene of the crash, 6.3 miles south of Fredericksburg on Texas Highway 16 South.

According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigating officer, Trooper Coy Morales, Welch had been driving a 1991 Ford Ranger northbound when he traveled into the opposing lane of traffic and struck head-on into a southbound moving 2012 Ford F250 truck belonging to Central Texas Electric Cooperative (CTEC).

The driver of that vehicle, Terry Wolle, 48, of Harper, and his passenger, Matthew Wood, 29, of Fredericksburg — both employees of CTEC — were seriously injured and airlifted by helicopter medics to University Hospital in San Antonio for trauma care.

A hospital spokesman there said yesterday that both have since been treated and released. Wolle was discharged from the hospital to home on Friday, Sept. 13, while Wood was remained several days and gained his release on Monday, Sept. 16.

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