Brownsville family on vacation on Saturday had to suffer an immense loss after five carcasses and seven injured were reported dead at the site of the crash in a crash involving three vehicles in US 59 South, said Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, a spokesman for the Texas Ministry of Public Security. All 10 passengers of the van traveled to Galveston, according to a close friend of the Brownsville family, for a cruise.
The wreck included a semi-trailer, a passenger car and a Ford F-250 pickup truck.
Another person traveling by van was flown to the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, according to San Miguel.
A man and a woman from the pickup were taken to the Citizens Medical Center, where they were in stable condition on Saturday.
Three more people from the van were transported to the DeTar Hospital North while a person was taken to the Citizens Medical Center. According to San Miguel, none of the four disease states were known on Saturday night.
The identity of the victims will not be announced until all next of kin have been notified.
"Our primary goal in this crash is to alert the next of kin and let them know what's happening and, of course, to investigate the crash," he said. "That's our main purpose right now – make sure the families are notified and cared for."
A soldier was sent to Houston to stay with the victim at Memorial Hermann Hospital until the family arrives while the family members are called. Other victims continue to make Saturday night, he said.
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The semi-trailer driver was the only person who was not injured, said Victoria Fire Chief Tracy Fox ,
The white van was north on the left lane of the US 59 at the intersection of US 59 Business and US 59 North when it encountered a semi-trailer driving north on the outer lane, San Miguel said ,
The collision caused the driver of the transporter to lose control, cross a grassy median, and head south on a white Ford F-250.
A black and white male named Rocket escaped from the pickup truck in which he drove with his owners, but was later found, said Donna Odem, a retired firefighter captain from Victoria, a friend of a victim Relatives, looking for a dog in the hours after the crash.
The Fire Department of Victoria T, Victoria County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the crash around 11:15 pm.
The investigations at 13:30 clock were still ongoing, while the deceased were removed from the scene.
US 59 southbound The traffic dammed behind the wreck for hours was rerouted via the Farm-to-Market Road 444 until the officers reopened the lanes around 2:45 pm.
"We are diligently working as a department with all our resources on emergency management for the Texas Rangers, who help us procure resources and equipment to better understand the factors that led to the crash.
Although the factors that contributed to the crash are still unknown, he emphasized the importance of being aware of Texas roads.
"Watch out when you drive," he said. "It is important that drivers are aware of the importance of being vigilant at the wheel of a motor vehicle. Be attentive to everything. "