DPS: 2 killed, 6 injured in Fayette Co. crash over weekend

FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Department of Public Safety officials are now saying two people died in a weekend crash in Fayette County, according to their latest report.

An earlier report from a DPS official said between eight and 10 people had died. One person died at the scene and another died at University Medical Center Brackenridge, officials said.

Six others were injured and as many as eight people were unaccounted for after fleeing from the scene.

All of the occupants were from Guatemala, DPS officials added. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 33 years old.

The crash happened Saturday on FM 1925, about two miles south of Praha, shortly after 2 p.m.

DPS officials said a 2000 Chevrolet truck went off the road, over-corrected and flipped. Twenty-two people were ejected from the vehicle which was also carrying people in the bed of the truck.

Police identified Elias Chamale on Sunday as the person who died at the scene. Troopers say he was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the vehicle has not yet been identified.


Editor’s Note: Previous versions of our reporting used information from a DPS official indicating 8 to 10 people were dead as a result of the crash. A second DPS official revised that total telling KXAN only two people were killed in the crash. One person died at the scene and a second died at a hospital.

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