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5 Killed in 3-vehicle Traffic Accident in South Texas

By The Associated Press

VICTORIA, Texas—Authorities say five people have been killed and seven injured in a three-vehicle accident in South Texas.

The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened around 11 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 59, 5 miles northeast of Victoria.

troopers inspect the passenger van
Department of Public Safety troopers inspect the passenger van involved in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 59, on July 20, 2019. (Shelby Miller/The Victoria Advocate via AP)

Sgt. Ruben San Miguel says investigators are trying to determine why a northbound van hit the left rear of a northbound semi pulling a flatbed trailer. The van then struck a southbound pickup truck.

The passenger van involved in a three-vehicle crash
The passenger van involved in a three-vehicle crash that left five dead and seven injured sits on U.S. 59 in South Texas, on July 20, 2019. (Shelby Miller/The Victoria Advocate via AP)

Five people in the van died at the scene—the female driver, two men and two children. Five others in the van were injured.

Luggage lies on the side of the road
Luggage lies on the side of the road after a three-vehicle crash left five dead and seven injured on U.S. 59 in South Texas, on July 20, 2019. (Shelby Miller/The Victoria Advocate via AP)
The semitrailer involved in a three-vehicle crash
The semitrailer involved in a three-vehicle crash that left multiple people traveling in the passenger van dead at the scene of the crash on July 20, 2019. (Shelby Miller/The Victoria Advocate via AP)

The pickup driver and a passenger were hospitalized in serious but stable condition. The driver of the semi wasn’t hurt.

DPS says visibility was clear and the road was dry.

3-Year-Old Among 7 Killed in Georgia Chain-Reaction Crash

In a similar multi-vehicle crash earlier this month, seven people including a 3-year-old child were killed in a chain-reaction crash in northern Georgia.

The wreck occurred on July 6 about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta on Interstate 85, not far from its approach to the Georgia state line with South Carolina.

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office told news outlets on July 7 that three people were killed in one vehicle. They were 33-year-old Chris Years, 34-year-old Ashley Years, and 3-year-old Luna Years. They lived in Paulding County.

Four people were killed in another vehicle. They were 53-year-old Alejandro Agis Perez, 39-year-old Noe Gutierrez Cerna, 25-year-old Oswaldo F. Hi Navarrete and 36-year-old Eugenio Santoyo Serna. They were from Hall County.

The police statement said a northbound Ford Excursion crossed the median for unknown reasons and entered the southbound lanes of the normally bustling interstate.

There, police said, that SUV struck a Chevrolet van that was headed south, causing a chain-reaction crash in the southbound lanes that also involved a Ford van in a nearby lane. The impact of the collisions sent debris flying that also caused minor damage to two additional vehicles, according to the statement.

All four occupants of the Chevrolet were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. No one in the Ford van was reported hurt.

Cellphone images obtained by news outlets showed mangled vehicles on the roadway after the crash.