2 dead, 1 critically injured after fiery crash in La Vernia, DPS officials say

The two drivers that died at the scene have been identified

LA VERNIA, TexasEditor’s note: We originally identified one of the victims as Kenneth Boyd, as told by DPS officials. The victim’s name has since been corrected to Boyd Wayne Powell.

Two men are dead and another man is in critical condition after a fiery crash in La Vernia, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon on US Highway 87 West and County Road 361.

Officials said a Ford F-150 truck was heading southbound when it tried to pass another vehicle. However, the driver of the truck lost control and hit an oncoming Ford pickup truck.

“The white truck was in front of me, it lost control and veered off,” Austin Duerr, a witness to the accident said. “Then another truck coming, I guess northbound, ran into that truck and then next thing I know they rolled, and they both exploded.”

Both of the trucks went up in flames due to the impact and both drivers died at the scene, according to DPS. The drivers have been identified as Jordan Williamson, of Cibolo, and Boyd Wayne Powell, of Richardson.

“Kind of looked out and we saw there was black smoke... You couldn’t see anything. We couldn’t tell what it was,” Maggen Jenkins, another witness, said.

Another man, Kenneth Monroe, was inside of the Ford pickup driven by Powell, and was taken to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio in critical condition.

Officials said it’s unclear if speed was a factor in the crash and the investigation continues.

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