14 killed, 9 injured in Goliad County crash

3 victims were children

GOLIAD, Texas - A pickup truck crashed into two trees about 10 miles south of Goliad on Sunday night, killing 14 people and injuring nine others.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the single-truck accident happened at around 7 p.m. Sunday on Highway 59.

The victims were all inside a Ford F-250 headed northbound that veered off the highway. ABC News reported a blown out tire caused the crash.

According to DPS, 11 victims died at the scene and three more died at the hospital. Officials confirmed that the driver and three children between the ages of 10 and 12 are among those killed in the crash.

DPS has confirmed that nearly all the people riding in the truck were of Honduran descent, entering illegally.

ICE and Border Patrol agents were called to assist with the investigation.

Survivors were taken to hospitals in Victoria, Beeville, Corpus Christi and San Antonio. Most of the victims taken to Victoria and Beeville have since been transported to San Antonio or Corpus Christi for additional care.
Six of victims were pinned inside the cab, investigators said. Five others were ejected and died at the scene. Two more died later at hospitals.

"You look at the vehicle, itself, and say, 'Oh, this is an accident with two or three people killed. What makes this so different is the number of people that were in that vehicle,'" Bryant said.
U.S. 59 between Berclair and Goliad was cleared early Monday morning, but the investigation was ongoing.

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