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UPDATE: Drivers identified in fatal accident on Hwy 77 near Upper Mission Valley Rd.

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Update 4/17/18:

DPS has identified the drivers involved in the crash. John Wesley Allen, 57, from San Antonio, was driving a truck tractor 2004 Peterbilt towing a 2019 gravel trailer. Allen was treated at the scene and taken to DeTar Hospital and released Monday. 

Ronnie Cavazos, 45, from Victoria, was driving a 2007 Freightliner truck tractor towing a mobile home. Cavazos had no injuries. 

Michael Wayne Moore, 69, from Goliad, was driving a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup. Moore was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Stuart Posey.   

Gilbert Mencha, 23, of Somerset, Texas was driving the 1996 Peterbilt towing a 1999 gravel trailer. 


New details from Texas Department of Public Safety PIO Sgt. Ruben San Miguel on the accident on US 77 near the Upper Mission Valley road exit. We now know there are three vehicles involved, two 18 wheeler semi trucks and an F-150.

All three were traveling sound bound on US 77 when the first 18 wheeler stopped due to traffic. The F-150, traveling behind the first 18 wheeler stopped as well.  But the second 18 wheeler, traveling behind the F-150, did not stop basically crushing the F-150 between the two trucks.

The driver of the F-150 died on impact. The driver of the 2nd was taken to the hospital as a precaution. The driver of the first 18 wheeler is uninjured.

The DPS is investigating the wreck. The exit will remain closed until the investigation is complete.  

Previous story: 

US 77 near Upper Mission Valley Rd heading toward Goliad is closed due to an accident involving an 18 wheeler and an F-150.  One person is dead. The driver of the 18 wheeler was taken to the hospital. FM 463 exit is closed as well.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

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