Head-on wreck near Refugio kills two men


July 29, 2010 at 2:29 a.m.

REFUGIO COUNTY - Two men died Thursday in a head-on collision on South U.S. Highway 77 near Refugio. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no passengers in either of the vehicles.

The accident is under investigation. Texas Department of Public Safety and Refugio County Sheriff's Office officials were still trying to identify the men at noon Thursday.

A man believed to be in his 20s drove north in a south-bound lane. He was in a Chevrolet Malibu. Investigators believe he was from Elgin, said Sgt. Jeremy Rowland, with the Refugio County Sheriff's Office.

A man believed to be in his 30s in a GMC pickup was driving south on the highway when he collided driver's-side on driver's side with the Malibu. Investigators believe the pickup driver was from Corpus Christi, Rowland said.

The highway has four lanes divided by a median.

Both men were wearing seatbelts, Rowland said.

Rowland said his department responded to the call at 9:28 a.m.

The south-bound lanes of U.S. Highway 77 were closed at state Highway 239 at 10:20 a.m., Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Frances Garza said. They re-opened at 12:30 p.m. The Texas Department of Transportation responded to the scene and diverted traffic close to the scene, Rowland said.

Although officials were not able to determine the speed at which the vehicles were traveling, Rowland said the damage indicated they were likely traveling at highway speeds.

"It's almost like they ran right into each other," he said.

He added they probably did not see each other.

Rowland said details would remain hazy after the investigation because neither of the occupants survived.

"We'll never know why (the driver of the Malibu) was driving on the wrong side of traffic because he is not with us here to answer our questions," he said. "That's going to be our factor."



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