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Abilene Police: Driver in Thanksgiving crash may be charged with intoxication assault

ABILENE, Texas - Abilene police say the driver of the pickup truck who rear-ended an SUV Thursday afternoon at Loop 322 and Highway 36 could be charged beyond a traffic citation.

According to the Abilene Police Department, 64-year-old Catherine Randolph of Merkel drove her Chevy Silverado into the back of a Chevy Tahoe that was stopped at a red light on the Loop 322 access road.

Randolph was taken to an Abilene hospital and was listed in critical condition. A juvenile and another passenger in the Silverado were treated and released from the hospital. The driver of the Tahoe, a juvenile, and one passenger were also treated and released. However, another juvenile passenger was taken to an Abilene hospital in serious condition, and a 34-year-old male was taken to a hospital in the Metroplex.

Police told KTXS Friday they found no evidence of the Silverado braking before the crash. APD said Randolph "may be facing criminal charges related to the crash to include Injury to a Child and Intoxication Assault." Those charges are pending lab results and further investigation.

KTXS will update this story when more information is available.

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Multiple people were hurt and seven people had to be taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash Thursday in southeast Abilene.

A Chevy Tahoe was rear-ended by a Dodge pickup truck while stopped at the intersection of E. South 11th Street and the Loop 322 access road, according to police.

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Police said the driver of the pickup truck, a woman in her 60s, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The Tahoe driver's condition wasn't immediately known. Other injuries ranged from minor to severe.

Police said some people were trapped in the vehicles until first responders arrived.

No identities of victims have been released at this time.


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