Car ripped into two pieces on Hwy 7 West

2- car collision on Hwy 7 near Ratcliff
2- car collision on Hwy 7 near Ratcliff

A car was split in half after authorities believe it was T-boned by an SUV. Three people were taken to the hospital.

The Department of Public Safety and Kennard-Ratliff Volunteer Fire Department responded to the car crash on Hwy 7 West around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The wreck is still under investigation, according to DPS trooper Brady Germeroth. Authorities said Hershil Patel, 17, of Temple told them he was driving his car eastbound towards Lufkin when he fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road into a ditch. Patel apparently over-corrected to the left, causing him to cross the center lane into oncoming traffic.  A Chevy Suburban traveling westbound T-boned Patel.

Upon impact, both cars rolled and the Suburban landed upside down. The Accord was split in half. Each half of Patel's vehicle were several feet apart.

The driver of the Suburban, Charles Hardy, 50, and his wife, Mary, of San Augustine were both taken to ETMC in Crockett. Patel was flown to ETMC in Tyler.

At this time, authorities do not believe any of the occupants face life-threatening injuries.

Citations for the driver of the Honda Accord are pending the outcome of the investigation, according to Germeroth.

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