Two people who had stopped to help the victims of an early morning crash ended up losing their lives instead.
Ironically, there initially were no injuries resulting from that first crash.
A woman in a car heading the wrong way in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Schwab Road, identified as Kathryn Havard, hit an SUV head-on, according to Brad Bailey, spokesman for the city of Schertz.
The SUV then overturned, trapping a family of five inside, Bailey said.
Several people stopped to help, including the driver of a tour bus from Mexico, Hector Cordova, and a woman who works as an attendant at a nearby rest stop, Emma Alcudia.
A tractor trailer, however, did not stop and slammed into it all, Bailey said.
“The truck came around the scene, killed two of the Good Samaritans as well as the wrong way driver,” he said. "It's very sad what happened and, unfortunately, it ended badly for a lot of people."
The bus was carrying a full load of passengers, headed to the Dallas area. Many of them witnessed Cordova’s death, according to a man at the scene who identified himself as the bus company's operations manager.
He said Cordova was in his early 30s and lived in Laredo. He did not release the driver’s name.
Co-workers of Alcudia also gathered at the scene, saying she had held her position for the past 10 or 12 years.
“She was a real good person,” said David Perez, a manager with Apeck Construction, a company that contracts with the state to provide staff for the rest stops. "She's always assisted people and tried to help people. It's just a sad thing -- you try to go out and help somebody and you lose your life."
Perez said another attendant, working at a rest stop directly across the highway, had tried to wave to the woman to stop her from running onto the roadway. He said, unfortunately, she acted “on instinct” and died trying to help others.
A fire captain from Houston also stopped to help, Bailey said. Although he escaped injured, the big rig slammed into his car, destroying it.
The five people in the SUV were taken to a hospital to be checked out but did not appear to be injured, Bailey said.