Juan Francisco Medellin, 65, Sergio Javier Veyro, 50, Carlos Rubio, 30, Eduardo Pena, 22, and Justin Lara, 21, killed; 1 man severely burned following fiery 4-vehicle wreck on Highway 83 north of Asherton in Dimmit County, Texas

Modified Date: 
Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:47pm
Accident Date: 
Thursday, January 15, 2015

5 killed in Dimmit County wreck

According to Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd, the accident happened on a stretch of Highway 83 between Carrizo Springs and Asherton.  

Six killed in Dimmit County collision accident

TxDOT is urging the public to detour to FM 1557 to FM 190 East, and vice-versa.

Five dead after fiery 4-car crash in South Texas

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Maria Loredo said the crash happened on Highway 83 in Dimmit County, which is about 115 miles south of San Antonio.

DPS: 5 killed in Dimmit County crash

Loredo says the men were traveling to their homes in Laredo when they were killed.

Five dead in crash in South Texas oil field

Another contributing factor to collisions is the long hours worked by many oil field employees.

Five Dead in Eagle Ford Wreck

"The tractor trailer took evasive action to miss it as it was turning, and lost control and turned over.  The tank remained on the highway and the two vehicles behind it ran into the tank and were engulfed in flames."

Concerns grow after deadly accident

Ronnie Talamantes lives down the road from the crash, off of Highway 83, and said there's been a lot of development in the area and a big increase in the amount of traffic on the road.
Five people were killed in an accident involving four vehicles Thursday morning in the Eagle Ford shale oilfield in Dimmit County, Texas. All five were believed to be oilworkers. The wreck occurred on Highway 83 between Carrizo Springs and Asherton. U.S. Highway 83 North is closed one mile north of Asherton between FM 190 and FM 1557. A pickup was southbound on Highway 83 about one mile north of Asherton when the driver attempted to turn left, causing a truck that was hauling a tank trailer full of crude oil to swerve in an attempt to avoid a collision, but it was unable to get out of the way and struck the pickup. After hitting the pickup, the truck went off the road while the fuel tank it was pulling landed in the highway. At this point, a van and another pickup truck slammed into the tank. The fuel inside erupted in flames, engulfing both vehicles. There were seven men in the van, and five were killed: Juan Francisco Medellin, 65, Sergio Javier Veyro, 50, Carlos Rubio, 30, Eduardo Pena, 22, and Justin Lara, 21, all from Laredo. The condition of the two survivors from the van is unclear. The driver of the second pickup that hit the tank was brought to a hospital with burns to 80 percent of his body.
Fuel Spill, Fire
People Involved: 
Juan Francisco Medellin
Sergio Javier Veyro
Carlos Rubio
Eduardo Pena
Justin Lara
Highway 83


I'm a truck driver myself and was in Asherton after it happened. My heart goes out to the families that are suffering today. You'll have my prayers.

Still can't believe my father passed away on this day he was the one that got burned and later passed away in the hospital. Still broken to this day


What company were the oil from

News said Thomas energy. I believe that the company transports frack and cement guys back and forth. Hope this helps answer your question. Prayer for the families of the deceased.


My condolences to the family and friends of this men may god be with you at this time and always .

On behalf of the Pilot Thomas Logistics we appreciate everything and we hope that everyone would keep the victims and there family in everyone's prays..

The company Thomas is not worth working for so many hours..my brother would just sleep for a couple of hours and return to work..he didnt had a life..for Thomas our dead relatives are just more dead employees..they care less..since my brother died..he have not received a call from Thomas..not even a floral arrangement to his funeral..hope this tragedy helps others and make the company aware that they cant have someone driving when they have only slept for a few hours...

My prayers are with you and your family and others. I was doing some research on Thomas petroleum because my son is employed by them. He fell asleep driving while working due to lack of sleep which he constantly complain about. rec'd broken bones, head injury he continued to work but continued to get sick. now he has malignant tumurs on the brain and having other problems from the accident. we are very troubled . something is not right.  Have you heard of anyone getting ill from working in and around the toxic waste?

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