Three people killed following head-on collision in Hebbronville, DPS says

Published: Nov. 8, 2023 at 1:54 PM CST
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JIM HOGG COUNTY, Tx. (KGNS) - Three lives were lost in an accident in Jim Hogg County. The incident happened just before 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 8, sending shockwaves through the community of Hebronville.

According to initial reports, a white 2016 GMC pickup truck was traveling westward on Highway 16 when it collided head-on with an ambulance moving in the opposite direction. The impact of the collision was so severe that it left all three occupants of the vehicles fatally injured.

The victims of this tragic accident have been identified as follows:

  • Jaime Barrera Junior, 27 years old, a resident of Roma, Texas, was behind the wheel of the GMC pickup truck.
  • Andres Botello, 66 years old, from Zapata, was the driver of the ambulance.
  • Jose Guadalupe Cepeda, 23 years old, also from Zapata, was a passenger in the ambulance.

Below is the original story:

Three people are killed following a two vehicle collision in Hebbronville, Wednesday morning.

The crash happened on Nov. 8, 2023 at around 5 a.m.

According to DPS, a two vehicle crash was reported in Jim Hogg between a GMC Sierra and a 2016 Chevrolet, victorious care ambulance.

The driver of the GMC Sierra was identified as Jaime Barrera Jr., 27 out of Roma, Texas.

The driver, of the ambulance was identified as Andres Botello, 66-year-old out of Zapata, Texas.

The passenger of the Ambulance was identified as Jose Guadalupe Cepeda Lara, 23-year-old out of Zapata, Texas.

According to preliminary reports, the GMC Sierra was traveling west and the Chevrolet was heading east on Highway 16.

According to DPS, The GMC Sierra failed to drive in single lane, crossing over to the eastbound lane colliding head-on with the Ambulance.

Botello, Barrera and Lara were pronounced dead on scene.

The Zapata County Sheriff’s Office took to social media to express their condolences on the lives lost in this horrific crash.

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