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One person killed in two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 77

July 11, 2011 at 2:11 a.m.

Emergency personnel inspect the truck, which was part of a two-vehicle wreck on Loop 463 at Old Goliad Road on Monday afternoon. Jerry William Cole, 64, was driving the Mazda5 and attempted to make a U-Turn on Loop 463 when the truck hit the car. The truck then went into a ditch and hit a tree, catching on fire and killing the person inside.

One person is dead after a two-vehicle wreck on Loop 463 (also U.S. Highway 77 North) about 100 yards north of Old Goliad Road, Monday afternoon.

A 2012 white Mazda5 was on the shoulder of the northbound lanes when the driver, 64-year-old Jerry William Cole, of Victoria, attempted to make a U-turn at about 4:30 p.m.

A Chevrolet truck with an attached gooseneck flatbed trailer following behind, hit the Mazda, spinning it 180 degrees, said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Gerald Bryant.

The truck then flipped onto its side, crossed the southbound lanes, went into a ditch, struck a tree and burst into flames, Bryant said.

The man in the truck died, and troopers knew little of the deceased's identity and the vehicle, which were burned beyond recognition.

"He was not from the Victoria area," Bryant said.

The flatbed trailer appeared unloaded, Bryant added.

Cole was transported by ambulance to Citizens Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

The truck fire also burned four acres of land and came close to a manufactured home, but the Victoria Fire Department and Quail Creek Volunteer Fire Department were able to control and put out the blaze, Bryant said.

Traffic going north and south on at the scene was at a halt for about half an hour until DPS troopers and the Victoria County Sheriff's Office could at least open one lane to ease traffic congestion.

Justice of the Peace Stuart Posey pronounced the man dead, and an autopsy was ordered.

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