7 injured -- 2 critically -- in major crash on Far West Side involving VIAtrans, U-Haul truck

Passengers, drivers taken to University Hospital

By Ivan Herrera - Web Producer, Deven Clarke - News Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Seven people were hospitalized after a major crash involving a VIAtrans van and a U-Haul truck on the Far West Side, police said.

San Antonio police said the driver of a U-Haul truck heading westbound on Culebra Road toward Loop 410 either fell asleep or something caused him to veer across the road and hit an eastbound VIAtrans on its side about 2 p.m. Friday.

Police said the five passengers, ranging in age from 22 to 70, and the driver aboard the VIAtrans, as well as the driver of the U-Haul, were all taken to University Hospital in various conditions.

Two of the passengers on the VIAtrans, a 46-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, are in critical condition. The three other passengers, two 22-year-old women and a 70-year-old woman, had minor injuries.

The driver of the VIAtrans, a woman in her 30s, and the U-Haul driver also had minor injuries.

Traffic investigators will later determine if there will be any charges.

What Sandy Gonzales, a nearby resident who was among the first to arrive the scene, is saying: 

"At first, I thought my air conditioner blew up because I was painting right above it. Then we noticed the crash, and we all just ran out of the house."

"Rendered aid, jumped the fence — I never jumped my fence before — but I did, and we were just there for them."

"I took a bunch of towels, because they needed towels. Blood was everywhere."

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