A serious accident claimed the lives of five people and sent seven more to the hospital late Saturday morning. The crash occurred on U.S. 59 near Telferner, Texas and involved three vehicles. Vehicles involved with the accident include an 18-wheeler, a passenger van, and a pickup truck.
Officials indicated that the van was heading northbound on the highway in the left lane. The 18-wheeler was traveling in the outside lane. They also confirmed that the van struck the semitrailer, causing it to veer out of control and cross over a grassy median toward the southbound side of the highway. The van struck the pickup truck head-on. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Details About the U.S. 59 Accident
According to NBC News, two children and three adults were killed during the accident. All deceased victims of the accident were riding in the van, which was carrying ten people. The Victoria Advocate revealed that the van was transporting a family from Brownsville to Galveston for a cruise. One of the injured from the van required emergency medical attention and was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
A male and female, who were riding in the pickup truck, were also hospitalized and are currently in stable condition. The driver of the 18-wheeler was able to pull over after the collision and sustained no injuries. Identities of the victims will not be revealed until officials notify their next of kin.
Responders arrived at the scene at approximately 11:15 a.m. and an investigation was ongoing as of 1:30 p.m. Authorities reopened the southbound side of the highway by 2:45 p.m. Officials also indicated that a black-and-white dog named Rocket was riding in the pickup truck at the time of the accident. The whereabouts of the dog are unknown, and officials have asked anyone who finds the dog to contact retired Victoria fire captain Donna Odem at 361-655-1605.
Arnold & Itkin will continue to watch this story as authorities reveal details from the investigation.