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Five killed in two-vehicle accident

An accident involving a pickup truck and a second vehicle resulted in the death of five people in Texas. According to a sergeant with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Dodge pickup, which was carrying two people, rear-ended a GMC truck that was carrying five people. The impact caused both vehicles to roll over before coming to rest in a nearby roadside ditch. All five people in the GMC were killed as a result of the accident.

All five victims in the fatal accident were identified. Three individuals, aged 26, 35 and 39, were from the area. The other two individuals were from Mexico. Only one of the individuals was wearing a seatbelt. The passenger in the Dodge pickup truck was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The driver fled the scene of the accident but was later found by police officers. He was also taken to a nearby hospital. The conditions for both individuals were unknown at the time of the report.

The sergeant reported that the factors in the accident were unknown. However, it is believed that alcohol might have been one. No other information regarding the incident was available at the time of the report.

With the help of a Texas attorney, family members of those who have lost their lives in a fatal accident may be eligible to seek financial compensation. Using the evidence available from the accident, including police reports, medical reports and witness testimony, the attorney may be able to determine who was responsible for the accident. Once liability is determined, the attorney may then negotiate with the insurance company responsible for paying the compensation. In the event that the insurance company refuses to negotiate, the attorney may be able to provide strong representation for their clients in court.

Source: KTRK, "5 killed when trucks crash in West Texas", September 30, 2013

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