At least 11 people died Sunday and another 12 were injured after a pickup truck has crashed in South Texas near Berclair.
The crash happened about 7 p.m. CDT Sunday near Berclair when the truck ran off the highway and crashed into some trees, Louann Presas, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
“This is the most people I’ve seen in any passenger vehicle, and I’ve been an officer for 38 years,” Bryant said, referring to the chaotic scene.
The 23 people were loaded inside both the truck’s cab and bed.
Six of those who died were still inside the truck when emergency crews arrived to find the mangled vehicle, Bryant said.
A man who said he was the driver of the vehicle was ejected from it, but is still alive.
The victims were transported to various local hospitals, some by ground and other by helicopter.
One passenger with critical injuries is believed to have died after being hospitalized, but officials would not confirm a 12th casualty.
Crash investigators were still at the scene around 11 p.m. CDT.