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County employee critically injured in 3240 roll-over

By Judith Pannebaker & Ca

A one-vehicle rollover occurred on FM 3240 - aka Ridge Route Road - early Monday, Jan. 10.
The Bandera County Emergency Dispatch received a call about the accident at 7:01 am. When BCSO deputies arrived on the scene, they found the apparent driver, Rex Simons, of Medina, lying facedown in a ditch, approximately 25 feet from his 2001 Ford Explorer Sports Track. After swerving off the road, the vehicle also ended up upside down in the ditch.
Simons, 49, was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by a Bandera County EMS unit to Boerne Methodist Hospital in Kendall County. From there, he was taken to University Hospital. As of press time, he remained in the intensive care unit in critical, but stable condition.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chip Aragones is serving as principal investigating officer. He was assisted on the scene of the rollover by BCSO Deputies Michael Dyall and Bryce Mangold.
Simons is an employee of the Bandera County Road and Bridge Department.
In addition, DPS officers investigated an injury accident that occurred 2:35 pm, Sunday, Jan. 2, at the intersection of State Highway 173 and FM 3240.
Patrosinia Bermudez, 30, of Bandera was traveling on FM 3240 in her Dodge Ram pickup when she began to turn onto 173 North at the intersection. Mary Loera, 30, also driving a Dodge Ram, traveling south on Highway 173 braked to avoid a collision but was unable to do so.
The Bermudez vehicle came to rest in the middle of Highway 173 and Loera’s vehicle stopped in the southbound lane.
Bermudez and her two children were transported to Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville.