Family of 4 killed in 3-vehicle wreck near Hallettsville
June 19, 2012 at 1:19 a.m.
Updated June 20, 2012 at 1:20 a.m.
HALLETTSVILLE - Four people, including two children, were killed about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in a three-vehicle wreck three miles from Hallettsville.
The crash was on a bridge on Alternate U.S. Highway 90 near its intersection with Alternate U.S. Highway 77.
The names of the victims have not been released pending notification of the next of kin, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Dustin Slovacek, who is leading the investigation.
Slovacek said the preliminary investigation indicates the family was traveling east on the highway when their sport utility vehicle crossed the centerline and was struck on the right side by a tractor-trailer headed west.
The truck is owned by Yoakum Packing Co., according to a sign on the door.
The trooper said it was possible that the wet road, combined with traveling at an unsafe speed for the conditions, likely contributed to the crash.
It appears the SUV went into a side skid and crossed the centerline, the trooper said.
"The truck hit the right side of the SUV and caused it to spin around, ejecting one person. All died on impact, we believe," Slovacek said.
The tractor-trailer then jack-knifed and struck a van, also traveling east. Four people in the van, including three children, suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville, said the trooper.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.