Five people are dead following a two-vehicle collision early Sunday morning. It happened shortly after 2 a.m. on U.S. 62, one mile north of Seagraves, when a pickup and a second truck were both heading southbound. That's when officials said the first truck ran into the rear of the second, causing both vehicles to run off the road and overturn into a ditch.
Four of the five passengers in the second pickup were ejected. The front passenger, Romulo Molina, 39, of Sherman, was the only one wearing a seatbelt.
All five passengers, Luis Valenzuela, 26, of Sherman, David Dominguez-Juarez of Mexico, Isabel Garcia-De La Cerda, 35, of Sherman, Romulo Molina, and Juan Carlos Enriquez-Mendoza, 31, of Mexico, were killed. All were taken to the South Plains Forensics for identification. Troopers are still investigating who drove the truck.
The front passenger in the first truck, Ramero Aguilar, of Seagraves, was ejected and airlifted to University Medical Center. He was not wearing his seatbelt during the crash and sustained severe injuries.
The driver, Ramon Aguilar, also of Seagraves, left the scene and was later located by troopers in Seagraves. He was transported to a nearby hospital in Brownfield. It is unknown if he was wearing his seatbelt during the crash but he was not ejected. Troopers suspect alcohol might be a factor in the crash. Next of kin have been notified.
Charges are pending.