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Toddler injured in Hardin County crash; pickup truck driver may have fallen asleep

UPDATE: The toddler injured in a crash Thursday morning in Hardin County has been taken to the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston due to the extent of her head injuries, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson said in a news release.

DPS Sgt. Stephanie Davis says Billy Ray Briscoe, a 63-year-old man driving a Dodge pickup truck, may have fallen asleep at the wheel when he crossed into oncoming traffic on FM 770 near Saratoga.

Here's the latest information from DPS:

At approximately 7:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a motor vehicle crash on FM 770 in Hardin County. The crash is reported to be near Saratoga.
After further investigation of the crash, evidence showed that a Dodge pickup truck was traveling northbound on FM 770 followed by a Dodge Durango. The driver of the Dodge pickup truck crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a Mitsubishi passenger vehicle. In an attempt to avoid the collision, the driver of the Dodge Durango took evasive action to the right, traveled off the roadway and struck a small tree.
The driver of the Dodge pickup truck, 63-year-old Billy Ray Briscoe Sr. of Village Mills, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of the Mitsubishi, 24-year-old Cody Norman of Kountze, was also transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with minor injuries.
The passenger of the Mitsubishi, a 2-year-old toddler, was initially transported to St. Elizabeth hospital. Due to the extent of her head injuries, she was later transported to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. The child was properly secured in a car seat in the rear passenger position, but the crash impact was to the rear passenger door.
All northbound and southbound lanes of FM 770 were closed for approximately three (3) hours, but have since reopened.
All information is preliminary and this remains an ongoing crash investigation; however, Troopers suspect that the Briscoe may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
There are no further details to be released.


PREVIOUS REPORTING: A toddler was seriously injured Thursday morning in a crash near Saratoga, a Texas Department of Public Safety official said in a news release.

The crash shut down traffic on FM 770 in Hardin County for about three hours.

From DPS:

At approximately 7:30a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a motor vehicle crash on FM 770 in Hardin County. The crash is reported to be near Saratoga.
Initial reports indicate that a Mitsubishi passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on FM 770 followed by a Dodge Durango. For an unknown reason, the driver of the Mitsubishi crossed into oncoming traffic and struck Dodge pickup truck. In an attempt to avoid the collision, the driver of the Dodge Durango took evasive action to the right, traveled off the roadway and struck a small tree.
The driver of the Mitsubishi and her passenger, a toddler, were both transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital. The driver received minor injuries, but the child sustained serious injuries.
The driver of the Dodge pickup truck was also transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of the Dodge Durango was not injured in the crash.
All information is preliminary as Troopers continue to investigate this crash.

All traffic lanes were reopened as of 10:45 a.m.

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