NOTE: A previous version of this story reported that the driver had been killed. 12News received incorrect information and regrets the error.
The driver of a pickup veered across several lanes of traffic on Highway 105 Monday morning before striking a power pole.
The 19-year-old male driver named Ranger Ladner who was identified by the family was previously reported to have died by the Texas DPS. According to a Monday afternoon release from the Texas Department of Public Safety he was resuscitated at the hospital.
The family of Ladner said he is currently in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Christus St. Elizabeth.
Brooke Dorsey, 18, of Beaumont, who was a passenger in the truck, was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital with minor injuries according to the release.
Tuesday, Sergeant Stephanie Davis if the Texas Department of Public Safety released a statement regarding the error |
Monday, DPS mistakenly reported a fatality in the crash on SH-105 in Jefferson County. No names were provided in the initial statement released to the media.
After the error was discovered, the department sent an updated statement to the media.
We are addressing this situation internally, and the department apologizes for the inaccuracy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the two crash victims and their families.
At this time, there are no additional details to release until the crash report is completed.
Thank you for your patience.
Sergeant Stephanie Davis
Texas Department of Public Safety
Media & Communications Office
From the Texas Department of Public Safety...
At approximately 5:00a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a one vehicle crash on Highway 105, near Reines Road, in Jefferson County. The crash occurred in the Bevil Oaks Community.
Preliminary reports indicate that a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling westbound on SH 105.
For an unknown reason, the driver veered across the eastbound traffic lanes and off the roadway. The vehicle struck several utility poles before coming to rest.
The driver, a 19-year-old male from Beaumont, was unresponsive and CPR was initiated by responding law enforcement officers at the crash scene.
Officers continued CPR until medical personnel arrived on scene. The driver was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital.
He was resuscitated at the hospital and rushed into emergency surgery.
At this time, his condition is unknown. The male driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
The passenger, 18-year-old Brooke Dorsey of Beaumont, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with minor injuries.
Since the driver was resuscitated, this crash is not currently listed as a fatal crash.
All eastbound and westbound traffic lanes have reopened.All information is preliminary and this crash remains under investigation.