A three-vehicle crash left five people dead and seven others injured in South Texas late Saturday morning.
A woman, two men and two children all traveling in a passenger van were pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the Victoria Advocate.
The crash occurred on northbound U.S. Highway 59 in Victoria County when the van hit a semitrailer, San Miguel told the Advocate. The driver of the van then lost control, veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a southbound Ford F-250 pickup.
The initial cause of the crash is still under investigation, San Miguel told the Advocate.
A person traveling in the van was flown to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, and a male and female in the Ford F-250 were transported to the hospital in Victoria, San Miguel told the Advocate.
Four more people were taken to hospitals, but their locations and conditions were unknown, Victoria Fire Chief Tracy Fox told the Advocate.
Ten people were riding in the van, which was headed from Brownsville to Galveston for a cruise, the Advocate reported.
Authorities hadn’t identified any of the victims, pending notification of next-of-kin.