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Nine out of 10 passengers identified in major crash in Brooks County

Victims from the crash near Encino were brought to Spohn Shoreline for treatment
Injured from the crash near Encino were brought to Spohn Shoreline Hospital for treatment
Posted at 4:51 PM, Aug 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-14 16:56:08-04

FALFURRIAS, Texas — Ten people were confirmed dead on August 4 as a major traffic accident took place on U.S. Highway 281 near Encino south of Falfurrias in Brooks County.

Sgt. Nathan Brandley, a spokesman for the DPS, said the accident occurred around 4 p.m. when a passenger van was traveling too fast on Highway 281.The driver hit a utility pole after taking a curve too fast and then rammed into a stop sign. Brandley said the vehicle was not involved in a pursuit.

Twenty-one people were taken to McAllen Medical Center, McAllen Regional Hospital, Doctors Hospital of the Renaissance, Kingsville’s Spohn Kleberg and Corpus Christi Spohn Shoreline, with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver and nine other passengers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. DPS has provided the identities of the victims below.

  • Fernando Garcia Elias, 27, male, resident of Mexico (Driver)
  • Carlos Edulfo Santos Ramirez, 19, male, resident of Honduras
  • Mario Diaz Hernandez, 36, male, from Honduras
  • Rolando Rivera Hernandez, 56, male, resident of Mexico
  • Jorge Alfredo Barralanga Herrera, 24, male, resident of Honduras
  • Uriel Perez Villafana, 17, male, resident of Mexico
  • Jenri Alexand Isidro Escalante, 23, male, resident of Guatemala
  • Olga Marina Portillo, 47, female resident of Honduras
  • Kleiver Aron Escalante Velasquez, 28, male, resident of Guatemala

The identity of one male passenger is still pending.