Rollover wreck sends five to hospitals

Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Glen Garrett and Trooper Ronald Johnson inspect the tire that blew, causing a 2000 Ford Explorer to lose control on South U.S. Highway 59 and flip in the median.

Five Vidor residents were injured about 3:20 p.m. Sunday after their 2000 Ford Explorer flipped on U.S Highway 59, .9 of a mile south of Fox Road.

Two women were airlifted to the hospital Sunday, and three others were taken by ambulance to Citizens Medical Center

Miranda Bienvenue, 29, was airlifted to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi immediately following the one-vehicle wreck, and passenger Sheila Thibodeaux, 54, was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio about 7 p.m. Sunday, Department of Public Safety Trooper Ronald Johnson, said.

Susan Hall, 40, was admitted for surgery at Citizens, and the two children, Dora Rohrback, 7, and Kamron Bienvenue, 9, were discharged without injury, he said.

Bienvenue was traveling south in the inside lane of U.S. 59 when the rear passenger-side tire blew out. She moved into the outside lane, then overcorrected the vehicle, which made it roll, the trooper said.

The tire broke off the vehicle, forcing the vehicle to a stop upside down in the highway median.

DPS Lt. Glen Garrett said the vehicle's tires were not properly maintained, and may have been agitated by the hot temperatures of the highway pavement.

"This vehicle had four different tires on their vehicle, which tells us they haven't been buying them all at one time. We all know it's expensive to buy four tires at once, but at the same time, it's hard to put a price on life," Garrett said.

While families are driving and traveling during the summer, Garrett encouraged others to pay special attention to vehicle and tire maintenance.

"What we want to get the message out this summer season is that it's hot. The weather is hot, the pavement is hot and before they travel, they really need to check the condition of their vehicle, especially their tires," Garrett said. "They need to look at the age of their tires, what the air pressure is, and if they're not sure what they're looking at, they need to go take it to a professional."