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12 people killed, 11 injured in 1-vehicle wreck in Goliad County

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
July 23, 2012 at 2:23 a.m.

Twelve people were killed and 11 injured in a one-vehicle wreck in Goliad County near the Bee County line.

The 2000 Ford F-250 extended-cab pick-up truck, which was heading toward Goliad, struck a tree about three miles south of Farm-to-Market Road 1351 about 6:30 p.m., Department of Public Safety troopers said.

The right front tire appeared to have lost its tread about 300 yards before impact. The driver veered to the right side of the road and crashed into the trees, said DPS Lt. Glen Garrett. The highway’s speed limit is 75 mph and Garrett said the truck was traveling at least that fast.

Of the 12 who died, six were inside the cab. Five of the passengers who were riding in the bed were killed after they were ejected, said Trooper Gerald Bryant.

The top of the extended cab truck had to be cut away by firefighters from Goliad and Beeville.

“It was not a bloody scene, which indicates they died on impact,” Bryant said.

The injured and deceased were men, women and children with the youngest being about 8 years old, Bryant said.

Officials said they appeared to be illegal immigrants, but they were not sure what country they were from. U.S. Border Patrol agents were on the scene.

U.S. Highway 59 was closed down by the Goliad Sheriff’s Department beginning at FM 1351.

Emergency crews were still removing bodies after 10:30 p.m.

Of the 11 initially injured, four were taken by ambulance to DeTar Hospital Navarro in Victoria. One was in the intensive care unit in critical condition. Two of those originally taken to Victoria were later airlifted to San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Another victim was flown from the scene by AirLife to a San Antonio hospital.

Two more victims were airlifted by Halo to a Corpus Christi hospital while another was flown to that city by PHI, said Mary Jane Martin, the public information officer for Goliad County Emergency Management.

One of the three victims airlifted to Corpus Christi later became the 12th fatality.

Four more victims were taken by ambulance to a Bee County hospital, Martin said.

The bodies were taken to Victoria Mortuary Service.

Garrett said a crisis counseling team is available to help the more than 40 responders at the scene.

“On the human side of it, it can be emotional for them too,” Garrett said.

You can read related coverage by clicking the links below:

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