TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 68-year-old Groveton woman suffered six broken bones and a dislocated elbow after a tree fell on her vehicle when she was traveling on State Highway 94 Sunday afternoon.
"She had just passed through Apple Springs when all of a sudden the wind blew over a dead tree, and fell right on her car, and her arms," said Kaci Thorne, the woman's granddaughter. "She suffered at least six broken bones, a dislocated elbow, and several crushed knuckles."
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety press release, Lindra Fondren was driving a 2014 Chevrolet passenger car east on SH 94 when a tree fell on her car, "reportedly due to high winds." Fondren was taken to Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin for treatment of her injuries.
Her family said she had to be transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston due to a metal allergy. She was first taken to Woodland Heights Hospital, but they do not have the capability of using titanium, Thorne said.
"We have no idea if titanium will work, but we are praying it does," Thorne said. "We know they will have to operate her forearm, and elbow today, but a separate doctor will operate on her hands."
Thorne said she will see a elbow specialist to remove bone fragments. The family said they are grateful she is on the road to recovery, but is asking for continued prayers.
"All we know is God has a plan, we may not know what that is yet, but he was with her that day," Thorne said. "He was with her that day, and for that we are so thankful. She is so tough, but needs all the prayers she can get."
The wreck occurred at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday.