Accident

4 hospitalized after Conroe crash where ejected driver went missing

Seen are a couple of vehicles from a four-vehicle crash Tuesday on Texas 242 in Conroe.

Four people were hospitalized, including one in serious condition, after a multiple-vehicle crash Tuesday evening in Conroe where a 61-year-old man reportedly went missing hours after being ejected from his Jeep.

Shortly after 7 p.m., first responders received reports about a crash between four vehicles on FM 1314 south of Texas 242 across from the Thunder Gun Range.

Witnesses said a Jeep’s driver was northbound on FM 1314 when he crossed the center line and sideswiped a southbound Kia Sol, causing it to flip into the ditch. The Jeep then went between a southbound Ford Edge and a Toyota Forerunner, landing atop the latter SUV after going airborne upon striking it, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter.

Firefighters freed the female Toyota driver who was trapped in the SUV with internal injuries and leg fractures. They also removed an uninjured infant in a car seat in the Toyota’s back seat, according to the Police Reporter.

The Toyota driver is in serious condition at the hospital, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Erik Burse told The Courier on Wednesday.

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The Ford Edge driver was hospitalized in stable condition, the Police Reporter detailed. The Kia Sol driver was taken in stable condition to Methodist Hospital, The Woodlands, according to the Police Reporter.

The Jeep driver was not on scene and no one who witnessed the crash said he left the scene. The Jeep’s sunroof was broken with pieces found several hundred feet down the road, according to the Police Reporter.

Firefighters with the Caney Creek and Porter fire departments searched the woods in knee-deep water as DPS troopers thought the man had not fled on foot since the Jeep’s roof was open and all of the vehicle’s doors were jammed shut. A DPS helicopter flew for an hour over the area, using infrared sensors and spotlights to no avail, the Police Reporter continued.

After three hours of searching for the man, he was spotted by the helicopter’s crew lying alongside water some 200 yards into the woods. Troopers found him alive and he was taken in stable condition to Memorial Hermann, The Woodlands, according to the Police Reporter.

The crash remains under investigation, Burse said.

A witness said they think he hit a roadside curb and overcorrected, the Police Reporter mentioned.

Written by Jose R. Gonzalez

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