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COCHO COUNTY, Texas — Three San Angelo men were killed on March 21 when their Ford pickup truck crashed into a semi truck on U.S. 83 in Cocho County, Texas.

Three people in a southbound pickup truck were killed on U.S. Highway 83 on March 21, 2013 just north of Eden, TX when they drifted into the path of a northbound semi truck. Photo credit: Kimberley Meyer/Standard-Times

Three people in a southbound pickup truck were killed on U.S. Highway 83 on March 21, 2013 just north of Eden, TX when they drifted into the path of a northbound semi truck. Photo credit: Kimberley Meyer/Standard-Times

According to authorities, the accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. when the pickup collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 83 about 1.5 miles north of Eden.

Map showing location of fatal semi truck accident about 1.5 miles north of Eden, TX on U.S. Highway 83 on March 21, 2013.

Map showing location of fatal semi truck accident about 1.5 miles north of Eden, TX on U.S. Highway 83 on March 21, 2013.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials identified the driver and two passengers as Charles Fuson, 56, Willie Rodriquez, 55, and Isidro Ortega, 43, of San Angelo.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was idenitfied as Ernesto Medina of Miami, Florida. DPS Trooper Cody Allen said that Medina was pulled out of his vehicle by two deputies and taken to Concho County where he was treated for injuries and released from Concho County Hospital.

According to DPS Trooper Shawn Baxter, the Ford F-150 pickup, owned by Concho Valley Acoustics Inc., was traveling from Ballinger to Brady when it drifted into the northbound lane. The semi truck, which was carrying watermelons, reportedly struck the pickup on the right passenger side. Both vehicles went into the east ditch and came to rest there, Baxter said.

DPS Trooper Cody Allen said that the pickup driver and both of his passengers were pronounced dead at the scene by Concho County Justice of the Peace Scott Spoonts.

Both vehicles were damaged by fire and were still smoking at 3:30 p.m. Another fire sparked and was extinguished as the pickup was being loaded onto a towing vehicle.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

Source: GO San Angelo Standard Times


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