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Three dead, two injured in collision (video)

By Jessica Priest
March 18, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2013 at 10:18 p.m.


PORT LAVACA - Three people were killed in a head-on collision Monday afternoon on the same stretch of two-lane highway where another Crossroads man lost his life earlier this year.

A silver 2003 Honda Pilot was traveling south on state Highway 185 near the Ineos Plant when it crossed the center stripe for an unknown reason about 1:51 p.m.

The vehicle struck a white Ford King Ranch heavy-duty pickup head-on that was traveling north on the highway, said Trooper Gerald Bryant, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Honda Pilot burst into flames on impact and came to rest in a ditch, where it caught some grass on fire.

The pickup flipped on its right side.

The three people in the Honda Pilot were pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace 5 Nancy Pomykal out of Port O'Connor at 3:24 p.m. The bodies were unrecognizable, but Bryant said the vehicle was registered to someone from Port Lavaca. The bodies will be sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies.

The two people in the pickup, Lloyd Skalak, 76, and Barbara Skalak, 64, both of Seadrift, were taken to Citizens Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, where they were treated and released.

Trooper Mario Gonzales, of DPS, is investigating the cause of the accident.

In January, DPS investigated the death of a 33-year-old Victoria man who crashed on the same highway about a half mile away from the Ineos plant, Bryant said.

Bobby Cantu died when his 2011 Chevrolet pickup veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a 2000 Peterbilt tractor-trailer hauling a tank trailer.

Although no cause has been determined, heavy fog was believed to be a factor, according to earlier reports.

Bryant said that wreck is similar to this one because both crashes were near the plant, head-on collisions and deadly.

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