1 killed, several injured in Karnes County wreck on Highway 181

Collision shuts down traffic for 7 hours

Published On: Apr 02 2013 03:53:23 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2013 08:51:15 PM CDT
KARNES COUNTY, Texas -

The driver of a green pickup headed northbound on Highway 181 lost control and veered into the southbound lane striking a white pickup truck around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The wreck happened roughly a mile north of FM 81 near Hobson.

The impact killed the driver of the white pickup truck, who officials identified as 27-year-old Lance Bryan of Pleasanton.

An 18-wheeler behind the white pickup also collided with the green truck.

A car swerved to avoid the wreck, but ended up hitting the engine that fell from the green truck.

DPS officials say the driver of the green truck was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle.

That driver and the driver of the car were airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was treated at the scene for injuries.

A cleanup crew from San Antonio was called in to clean up liquid that spilled from barrels behind hauled on a trailer behind the green pickup.

The Karnes County Sheriff could not identify the substance but says the liquid was not hazardous.

The lanes of north and southbound 181 reopened around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.

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