The Abilene Police Department has released details on the accident that happened Monday morning involving a flatbed city refuse truck and three Abilene High School students in an SUV.
According to Abilene PD, all the victims were transported for treatment and one of the victims, the 16-year-old front passenger, is now in critical condition.
The release reads as follows:
The accident occurred near the intersection of North 1st and Woodlawn at 7:52 a.m. A City of Abilene flatbed refuse truck was west bound on North 1st and began turn into a private drive from the right hand lane.
A green Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by a 16-year-old male and also in the right hand lane, approached the refuse truck also driving west bound. According to witnesses at the scene, the Tahoe was traveling at a high rate of speed and the driver did not realize the refuse truck was turning into a parking lot.
The driver of the Tahoe attempted to veer left to avoid a collision; however the Tahoe impacted the left rear corner of the refuse truck. The Tahoe sustained severe damage in the collision.
The 16-year-old driver along with his 16-year-old front passenger and 17-year-old right rear passenger were all injured and transported to Hendrick Medical Center.
The driver and rear passenger are in good condition.
The 16-year-old front passenger was the most severely injured and remains in critical condition.
All of the teens were wearing seat belts.
Neither drugs nor alcohol are expected to be a factor in this accident.
Charges in this case are pending the outcome of the investigation.