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Victoria man, 26, killed in collision (w/video)

By Bianca Montes
April 17, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2014 at 11:18 p.m.

A 1981 Jeep Wrangler rests along U.S. Highway 59. The driver, Brandon Talkington, 26, of Victoria, died late Thursday in a collision.

A 26-year-old Victoria man was killed late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 59 South in the community of Raisin.

Brandon Talkington was able to get out of his 1981 Jeep Wrangler after it collided with a 2004 Jaguar, but he collapsed moments later at the scene, said Trooper Jeremiah Collins of the Department of Public Safety.

Emergency workers tried to revive Talkington as they transported him by ambulance to DeTar Hospital Navarro. He was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the Jaguar, Charles Lankford, 52, of Goliad, suffered several broken teeth but declined to be taken to a hospital.

Personnel from several agencies responded to the crash at 8:52 p.m. in the 8900 block of U.S. Highway 59.

Troopers temporarily closed both northbound and southbound traffic to clear the debris and help the two injured.

Collins said that Talkington was initially northbound on the highway, but he stopped at the Gold Mine restaurant, and when he re-entered the highway, he made a U-turn to head toward Goliad.

At that point, a southbound Jaguar collided with the Jeep.

"He just appeared out of nowhere," Lankford said.

The impact caused the Jaguar to spin out of control, sending it through the median and across the northbound lanes, landing in a ditch.

The open-air Jeep flipped, skidded on the highway and landed in a grassy area on the side of the highway, Collins said.

The crash remains under investigation by DPS.

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office and the Quail Creek Volunteer Fire Department assisted with the crash.

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