Two truck drivers are dead after three 18-wheelers collided in Live Oak County. The crash occurred on Highway 72, between Tilden and Three Rivers around 10 a.m on Monday, July 30.
Fatalities were Ramiro Cavazos, 44, of Edinburg and Robert Wayne Nabors, 61, of Como. The third driver, Claude Everett Leach, 34, of Devine survived.
A gravel truck, driven by Cavazos, was headed towards Three Rivers when it veered into oncoming traffic. Another truck, driven by Leach, tried to avoid colliding but was hit on the side. This caused his rig to jacknife. The first truck kept on going until it collided head-on with the third truck, manned by Nabors.
Leach, extracted from the tractor rig by emergency personnel, was sent by AirLife to University Hospital in San Antonio with critical injuries.
Judge James Teal of Mc- Mullen County pronounced the two drivers dead at the scene. Assisting at the crash site were the McMullen Volunteer Fire Department, McMullen County Sheriff’s Office, Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office, Live Oak County Volunteer Fire Department and McMullen EMS.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.