A young woman is in critical condition following a major accident on Hwy. 281 near the cheese plant Monday.
A Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Makayla Hart slammed into the back of a milk truck around 5:30 a.m. while the driver of an empty milk tanker attempted to turn onto the highway from the cheese plant road, according to DPS spokesman Dub Gillum.
Hart, 25, suffered two broken arms, two broken legs and internal injuries, Gillum said. He said it took emergency crews 3 hours to extract her from the vehicle.
Hart is the daughter of Stephenville firefighter Chuck Elliott.
Commissioner Joe Brown, who is also the assistant chief of the Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue, worked the scene and said the extraction was one of the longest and most difficult he has ever worked, adding that Hart was conscious during the effort.
"She was holding her dad's hand and talking to him the whole time," Brown said.
Hart was transported by air to Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital where she remains in critical condition.
The driver of the milk truck, Cervando Villanueva, 43, of Roswell, New Mexico, was not injured. He was driving for Western Dairy Transport.
The accident is still under investigation.