Accident near Tilden kills two

An early morning accident on Thursday, May 31, in Mc- Mullen County claimed the lives of two men in their 20s. DPS Trooper Clint Walker said those killed, 21-year old Taylor Smith of Robstown and 28-year old Jose Martinez III of Alice, were brothers-in-law. The accident occurred three miles south of Tilden, on Highway 16, about 6:30 a.m.

Walker reported that a 2010 Dodge Charger, driven by Martinez, was traveling northbound. It crossed the southbound lane, clipping a 2002 green Nissan Xterra in the back.

The Charger then continued in the southbound lane, hitting a white, Ford F550 Holt service truck head-on.

Martinez, the driver of the Charger, was ejected, while the passenger, Taylor Smith, remained in the car. A vehicle fire resulted from the head-on collision and the Charger burned completely.

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