5 killed in 3-vehicle traffic accident in South Texas

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Department of Public Safety troopers inspect the passenger van involved in a three-vehicle crash on Saturday, July 20, 2019, on U.S. 59. Multiple people traveling in the passenger van were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Seven people total were injured. (Shelby Miller/The Victoria Advocate via AP)

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — Authorities say five people have been killed and seven injured in a three-vehicle accident in South Texas.

The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened around 11 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 59, 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of Victoria.

Sgt. Ruben San Miguel says investigators are trying to determine why a northbound van hit the left rear of a northbound semi pulling a flatbed trailer. The van then struck a southbound pickup truck.

Five people in the van died at the scene — the female driver, two men and two children. Five others in the van were injured.

The pickup driver and a passenger were hospitalized in serious but stable condition. The driver of the semi wasn’t hurt.

DPS says visibility was clear and the road was dry.

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