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News Texas man left seriously injured after Sunday collision

After a Sunday morning, two-car accident on Cowee Mountain a Texas man is left critically injured.

According to Trooper Mike Henry, investigating officer for the N.C. Highway Patrol, the collision occurred at 10:20 a.m. near the intersection of the Sylva Road and Brendle Road.

Henry said that Clifford Hill, 82, of Houston, Texas, was traveling south in a 2009 Honda CRV and crossed five lanes of traffic sideswiping a northbound 2003 Ford car driven by 51- year-old Lake Holland of Otto. Holland's wife, Teresa, was also in the car.

According to Henry, after impact Holland’s vehicle spun out of control before coming to an abrupt stop. Hill continued down the mountain, collided with the guardrail before overturning several times. The Jaws of Life were brought in to release Hill from his car.

Hill was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville to be treated for broken ribs, cuts and abrasions. He is expected to be released Friday. The Holland couple were transported to Angel Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.

According to Henry, troopers still have not determined why Hill crossed all five lanes, but have ruled out alcohol as a possibility. Hill has been charged with being left of the center.

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