Thursday night crash east of Idalou sends two to hospital, one taken into custody

Thursday night crash east of Idalou sends two to hospital, one taken into custody
Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD
26-year-old Matthew Torres of Ralls (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
26-year-old Matthew Torres of Ralls (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - A three-car crash on Thursday night near U.S. Highway 62/82, east of Idalou prompted two people going to the hospital and another person getting arrested.

A Dodge pickup was parked legally on the side of the road after getting a flat when its driver got out to get help, according to a Department of Public Safety news release. A Nissan then came and parked behind the pickup to assist with the flat tire; two people were in the Nissan.

It was then, near 8:30 p.m., that a Buick passenger car was driving down the highway and hit the Nissan, forcing it into the pickup. DPS has now classified the Buick as driving recklessly down the highway.

The driver and passenger of the Nissan were taken to University Medical Center with unknown injuries.

The driver of the Buick has been identified as 26-year-old Matthew Torres of Ralls. Torres was not injured in the crash, but taken into custody and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on suspicion of drunk driving. He has since been released from police custody.

The crash will be under investigation until police are able to get test result for Torres back, which may take a couple of weeks. The driver and passenger of the Nissan still have not been identified.

Copyright 2017 KCBD. All rights reserved.