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3 injured in accident

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport just before 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Martina Rodriguez, 47, of Bridgeport was driving a Ford Explorer westbound in the 1200 block of 380 when it was hit on the driver’s side by a Dodge pickup that was attempting to cross 380 at Lawdwin Avenue.

US 380 Accident

U.S. 380 ACCIDENT – A Ford Explorer landed on its side on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport Friday after being T-boned by a Dodge pickup. Three people were injured. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton said the impact flipped the Explorer on its side, and it slid about 75 feet down 380, stopping just west of the first entrance to the Brookshire’s parking lot.

The driver of the pickup, Larry Baker III, 21, of Runaway Bay, and his daughter, almost 2 years old, were not injured.

Martina Rodriguez was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Her husband, Saul Rodriguez, 47, was riding in the front passenger seat of the Explorer and was trapped in the vehicle. Singleton said he was hanging upside down, suspended by his seatbelt.

He suffered the most serious injuries and was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

The couple’s 7-year-old daughter, who was also a passenger, was transported by ground ambulance to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Their 13-year-old son was uninjured.

Bridgeport Police Department does not release the names of minors.

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