Chain reaction pile-up shuts down SH 242

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A multi-vehicle accident on SH 242 near Mystic Hill Dr. on Friday left two drivers critically injured and a third with non-life threatening injuries. Officials say it was around 5:15 p.m. when a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse passenger car traveling eastbound on SH 242 crossed the center line in a “no passing” zone and struck a westbound 1991 Dodge 1-ton pickup, driven by 61-year-old Leonard Frankel of Tomball.

The impact caused Frankel’s truck to lose its rear axle, and spin around striking an eastbound Toyota driven by 42-year-old Jesus Ortega, who lives on nearby Fire Tower Rd.

Frankel and Ortega were the most seriously injured, with Frankel transported by MCHD EMS by ground ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital in Houston in critical condition. Ortega, also critical, was flown by PHI Air Ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

After colliding with Frankel’s truck, the Mitsubishi driven by 39-year-old Tammie Regan of Montgomery continued eastbound, striking a white Dodge van driven by Don May of Livingston, who had two passengers. Regan was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital in stable condition.

None of the van’s occupants were injured. The trio comprises a classic rock band called “Satisfied Dr.” and was en route to a guitar shop and then a gig at a Baytown nightclub. One of the band members is a former Cypress Creek EMS medic and rushed to attend Frankel when the accident occurred, as another called 911.

Meanwhile, Precinct 4 Deputy Constable Mark Seal happened upon the crash and stopped to help, taking command of the scene until DPS arrived.

Bennette Volunteer Fire Department responded and was assisted by the New Caney Fire Department in extricating victims and securing a landing zone for the PHI helicopter. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash.

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