Updated at 3 p.m. Monday Dec. 19, 2022, with new information about early morning accident

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The driver of a pickup truck is in critical condition after reportedly crashing his truck in the Wichita River.

According to police, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, shortly before 5 a.m., Wichita Falls Police responded to an accident in the 300 block of Central Freeway.

They found a pickup truck wrecked into the bank of the Wichita River. Officers on scene said it appeared the victim was driving southbound on Central Freeway when he had a medical problem and drove off the freeway.

The pickup crossed the grass embankment, across the service road, and crashed into a grove of trees. The truck continued until it ran off into the river between the Wichita Bend RV Park and the tourist bureau.

The driver has been identified as 62-year-old Sammy Pierce from Guthrie, Texas, and his family has been notified. He was transported to United Regional Hospital, where his condition was listed as critical.

No other vehicles were involved.

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