A truck driver and his passenger were killed when three semi-trucks crashed in Hudspeth County, Texas early Thursday morning.
The chain-reaction crash took place along I-10 at mile marker 67, about two miles west of Ft. Handcock.
Truck driver James Edward Scott, 49, of Fort Worth and his passenger, Eddie Charles Causey, 39, of Glenn Heights were both identified as fatalities by Texas Highway Patrol.
Scott’s tractor-trailer rig rear-ended another tractor-trailer which then got pushed into a third rig, according to investigators.
The drivers of the two semis that were struck, Michael George Bennett, 51, from Florida and Juan Jesus Rodriguez, 55, of El Paso, were both treated for injuries and released from Horizon Providence hospital.
At the time of the crash, traffic had been backed up for motorists due to a separate incident involving a semi-truck that had caught fire late Wednesday night. The truck caught fire along I-10 westbound near McNary after one or more rear tires blew.