5 Vacationers Including 2 Children Killed In 3-Vehicle Crash Involving Big Rig
Victoria County, Texas – Five people including two children en route to board a cruise ship were killed in a 3-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer along U.S. 59 on Saturday.
Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) said the crash happened around 10:30 a.m. at the Telferner exit of Highway 59, northeast of Victoria.
A white passenger van transporting 10 people was northbound on U.S. 59 in the left lane at the intersection of U.S. 59 Business and U.S. 59 North, when it struck the trailer of a big rig that was operating northbound in the outside lane, DPS Sgt. Ruben San Miguel said.
The impact of the collision caused the driver of the van to lose control, travel over a grassy median and strike a southbound white Ford F-250 head-on, according to investigators.
42-year-old Nora Gabriela Chavez, Oscar Chavez, 45, Adrian Rodriguez Leal, 47, and two children — a 6-year-old male and a 13-year-old female — all of Brownsville, TX perished in the crash.
The remaining five van passengers were taken to an area hospital with unknown injuries.
All 10 passengers in the van were traveling from the Brownsville area to Galveston for a cruise, according to a report by the Victoria Advocate.
Two people inside the pickup also suffered “serious” injuries and were also transported to a nearby hospital.
The big rig driver was uninjured.
Investigators are still working to determine what exactly led to the crash.
“We are working diligently as a department with all our resources, from emergency management to the Texas Rangers, who are aiding us in resources and any kind of equipment we need to help us better understand contributing factors that led to this crash,” San Miguel said.
The crash remains under investigation.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor new developments.
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