Two separate Runnels County collisions leave 1 dead, 3 injured on Tuesday
A Ballinger man was killed, and another Ballinger man was critically injured in a collision Tuesday evening at US Highway 83 and County Road 344.
Toby Moore, of Ballinger, was driving an F-250 pickup truck when he pulled out onto US 83. Moore was killed when his truck was struck by Justin Busenlehner of Ballinger, also driving an F-250. Busenlehner suffered debilitating injuries and was airlifted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He was later reported to be in stable condition.
The Ballinger Fire Department, Runnels County Sheriff's Office, tBallinger Police Department and state troopers responded to the scene of the crash.
The impact crushed in the driver's side of Moore's pickup truck as it bent and twisted the frame. The front of Busenlehner's truck was also crushed in from the impact. Moore's truck came to a rest on the side of the highway, while the momentum carried Busenlehner's truck well into a cotton field. Authorities say that Busenlehner had the right-of-way.
It is not known if alcohol played a role in the collision. Moore's body has been sent to Lubbock for an autopsy.
The Sweetwater DPS office is leading the accident investigation.
Wreck outside Winters leaves couple injured
Two Miles residents were injured in a motor vehicle accident on State Highway 153 outside of Winters on Tuesday. Rosa and Andrew Schwertner were driving on the highway when they lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason.
The vehicle left the roadway and rolled over at least once. According to Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres, "Mr. Schwertner was flown from the scene to Shannon (Medical Center in San Angelo). Mrs. Schwertner was transported by EMS to North Runnels (Hospital in Winters). There was talk of her being flown when another copter was available. I'm not sure if she was and have no updates on their status. The accident is being worked by Winters PD."
No update has been given on the couple's condition at this time.