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MAJOR ACCIDENT CLOSES SH242 DURING RUSH HOUR

At 520pm Caney Creek Fire Department was dispatched to a major accident on SH 242 near Stonecrest. This has the site of many bad crashes over the years and had all but stopped when the speed limit dropped to 50 mph on that stretch of SH 242.

Tonight was different, the reports were three vehicles with one crushed.

Jose Ruiz Hernandez was eastbound on SH 242 between Stonecrest and FM 1314. Traffic in from of him stopped. When he looked up in the mirror of his KIA Rio he saw a big yellow Hummer H3 coming at him fast. Hernandez tried to go to the right shoulder but was unsuccessful as he was struck by the H3 driven by Page Berry of Conroe.

The impact spun Hernandez into the westbound lane of SH 242 and into the path of a 2006 Dodge Charger driven by Steve McGrath of Porter.

The passenger side of the KIA was completely crushed. 

Hernandez was the only one with injuries and was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Traffic remained backed up for over an hour.

Many think FM 1314 is the only route , however South Loop 336 in Conroe or Creighton Road in Conroe are a short distance longer but sometimes faster.

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