Sgt. Ruben Miguel, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the Click2Houston news station that the accident took place at around 10:30 a.m. on July 20.
A van traveling northbound was carrying 10 family members, Miguel said.
About 10 to 12 people were injured in a crash Saturday morning east of Victoria on U.S. 59. We have journalists on scene and will continue to update this story. https://t.co/U0pLikoAgL
— Victoria Advocate (@Vicadvocate) July 20, 2019
However, as it was entering the freeway, it clipped the side of an 18-wheeler, causing the van’s driver to lose control, according to the official.
The van then careened into oncoming traffic, hitting a pickup truck, he said.
Kevin Allen, a local fire official, said that one of the people got trapped in the van after it hit the truck.
“One of them was trapped and we did have to … extricate one of the occupants out of the truck,” Allen told the news website.
Two people in the pickup truck were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, and the five people who died at the scene were identified as two males, two females, a boy, and a girl. They were all inside the van, the station reported.
The remaining five people in the van were taken to the hospital.
“Our main objective in this crash is to notify the next of kin and to let them know what is going on,” Sgt. Ruben San Miguel said. “That is our primary purpose right now – to make sure that the families are notified and taken care of.” https://t.co/nzzwmeViph
— Victoria Advocate (@Vicadvocate) July 21, 2019
The Victoria Advocate reported that family members inside the van were traveling to the Gulf of Mexico for a cruise. They are from Brownsville, Texas.
The crash is being investigated by the Department of Public Safety.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the crash.
According to USA Today, Miguel said the cause of the crash is still being investigated.
Crash Deaths in the United States
Tens of thousands of people are killed and millions injured each year from motor vehicle crashes, according to the CDC. The CDC says these deaths cost more than $380 million in direct medical costs.
The major risk factors for crash deaths in the United States are not using seat belts, car seats, and booster seats (factors in over 9,500 crash deaths); drunk driving (a factor in more than 10,000 crash deaths); and speeding (contributing to more than 9,500 crash deaths).
These further break down as follows: the most common are unintentional poisoning deaths (58,335), followed by motor vehicle traffic deaths (40,327), and unintentional fall deaths in third place (34,673).
The total number of emergency department visits for unintentional injuries in the United States in 2017 was 30.8 million, according to the CDC.
The 10 leading causes accounted for 74 percent of all deaths in the United States in 2017.
Epoch Times reporter Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.