LEON COUNTY, Texas (FOX 44) – The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed one person is dead and five people are injured in a Leon County vehicle accident.
Sgt. Justin Ruiz tells FOX 44 News that the accident happened around 5 a.m. Tuesday, near Mile Marker #173 on Interstate 45 – approximately seven miles south of Buffalo. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that at approximately 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling southbound, drove off the roadway, struck the cable barriers, and rolled – ejecting all the occupants.
A seven-month-old passenger was pronounced dead on the scene by Leon County Justice of the Peace Lori Reed. The driver – identified as 19-year-old Henry Roque, of Houston – and a 17-year-old woman in the passengers seat were transported to Palestine Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
Other passengers – identified as 18-year-old Alexandrea Sanchez, 18, of Houston, and 32-year-old Sandi Sanchez, of Houston – were transported to UT Health Tyler with serious injuries. An 11-year-old male passenger was transported to Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center with serious injuries.
This invesitgation is ongoing.