Passengers ejected in wreck cushioned by mud

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Two passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being ejected from a truck and into a mud patch that VPD says likely "decreased" the severety of impact for the victims. 

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Two passengers were ejected from a vehicle in an accident on Highway 12 in Vidor around 6 p.m. Feb, according to a news release from VPD. Three individuals, including an 11-year-old who was ejected, were taken to CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Preliminary investigation showed that a vehicle was traveling eastbound in the 5800 block of Highway 12 when it exited the roadway to pick up an individual who was walking along the shoulder. The individual sat in the bed of the truck before it attempted to make a U-turn, crossing the path of another vehicle and causing a collision. 

The child was ejected through the rear passenger window and the man riding in the bed also found himself forcefully removed from the vehicle. According to the release, both passengers landed in mud, “which appears to (have) decreased the seriousness of their injuries.”

The driver and sole occupant of the second vehicle refused transport to the hospital.