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Teen injured in accident with 18-wheeler

A 19-year-old Rye woman was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston Tuesday morning following a crash involving an 18 wheel tractor trailer rig and a passenger vehicle. City of Liberty Police Lt. Chip Fairchild said it was shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday when a small SUV- southbound on Hwy 146 North – crossed over into the northbound lane of 146. This occurred in front of the North Main Baptist Church. Lt. Fairchild said it appeared the SUV driver was inattentive – possibly while using a phone - and accidently crossed into the path of the northbound 18 wheeler. The big truck’s driver attempted to evade the collision. The SUV struck the rear trailer axle of the truck. Impact sent the passenger vehicle spinning out of control into a ditch on the northbound side of Hwy 146. The SUV driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from her vehicle. Life Flight Air Ambulance transported the injured women to a Houston hospital. Liberty Police Lt. Chip Fairchild the woman was conscious and alert at the time she was airlifted from the helipad at the Liberty Fire Department. No one else was in the SUV. The driver of the 18 wheeler was not injured. The big truck’s trailer did suffer some damage in the two vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Hwy 146 directly in front of North Main Baptist Church in Liberty. Lt. Fairchild said it appeared inattentive driving on the part of the SUV driver was the cause of that crash. No citations have been issued. The highway was closed for roughly 45 minutes while the accident scene was cleared.  At the time of this report, the name of the 19 year old Rye woman, injured in Tuesday morning’s crash on Hwy 146 in Liberty was unavailable but is known she worked at a local fast food restaurant. 

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