UPDATE: Authorities have identified the wife and husband truck driving team killed in a fire crash Friday afternoon on Interstate 10 near the Sierra Blanca border checkpoint.
Texas Department of Public Safety officers confirmed 62-year-old Deborah Regan and her passenger 64-year-old Terry Huey of Springtown, Texas were driving a semi-truck along Interstate 10 eastbound and rear-ended other semi, causing their truck to catch fire.
State troopers said they died on the scene. The driver and the passenger of the rear-ended semi-truck were taken to a hospital in Culberson County. The driver suffered serious injuries.
Original story: A husband and wife truck driving team was killed in a fiery crash late Friday afternoon along Interstate 10 near the Sierra Blanca border checkpoint, officials told ABC-7.
Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West said two semi-trucks were approaching the checkpoint when one of the tractor-trailer rigs rear-ended the other about 4:50 p.m.
Video shot by ABC-7 viewer Javier Valenzuala showed heavy smoke and flames rising over the highway in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
A married couple in the semi that rear-ended the other truck died at the scene, according to Dallas-based Estes Express Lines.
The trucking company said the wife was driving and her husband was apparently in the truck’s sleeper cabin at the time of the crash that claimed their lives. Estes said the couple had driven trucks for the firm for 20 years.
Neither the sheriff nor the company released the victims’ identities because family members hadn’t yet been notified.
Investigators remained on the crash scene for hours after the collision. Estes said its truck was consumed by the blaze and there was little left.
The wreckage was finally cleared by deputies and the roadway reopened to traffic around 9:30 p.m.
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