RICARDO, Texas — UPDATE 12-29:
Seven members of a Houston family were injured in a horrific accident on Monday morning. They all remain hospitalized - one of them in critical condition.
A DPS spokesperson says the family was heading back home to Houston when they crashed into a TXDOT truck. The TXDOT worker is out of the hospital and expected to recover.
The driver is facing charges for not moving over for the TXDOT truck.
Eight people were sent to area hospital after a two-vehicle major accident on northbound U.S. Highway 77 near FM 772 south of Ricardo.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Nathan Brandley said the accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. Monday when a family of seven returning home from Mexico over the Christmas holidays struck a TXDOT Scorpion truck that was flashing information along the highway.
Brandley said that one person in the family truck received critical injuries in the accident. Other members of the family and an employee in the truck were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
All seven occupants of the family were hospitalized for their injuries, Brantley said. The TxDOT employee was treated at the hospital for back and neck injuries.
Brandley said an investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.
Northbound U.S. Highway 77 was shut down for several hours while landing multiple Halo flights are landing to transports patients to Shoreline Hospital.