2 Dead After Dump Truck Spills Caliche Causing Head On Collision in South Texas

According to the Department of Public Safety, a head-on crash Monday on State Highway 359 killed two people and sent several others to the hospital, including a 15-month-old child.

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For an hour, both sides of Highway 359 were closed off as DPS investigated the crash scene. Authorities said caliche fell off a dump truck and caused the accident.

According to DPS, it was around 3 p.m. when the dump truck was heading westbound on Highway 359 and the caliche it was hauling spilled all over the road. Shortly after, DPS troopers said a Jeep and a truck traveling in opposite directions lost control and collided head-on.

The driver of the jeep, 59-year-old Kenneth Durham, and a rear passenger, 61-year-old Rhonda Durham, were both killed at the scene.

Three other passengers in the Jeep, including a 15-month-old, were taken to the hospital along with the driver of the truck. All four have non-life-threatening injuries

According to DPS troopers, the caliche caused the cars to lose control. The driver of the dump truck will be cited for failure to secure the load.

Prayers for everyone involved 🙏

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