February 11, 2016--SMITHVILLE, Texas -- The driver of a truck towing an oversize load on FM 535 near Smithville could be held responsible for a crash that killed a mother and son Tuesday.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said the driver of the truck did not have the proper permit to be driving on the two-lane road. Around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, Deborah Beck, her two sons and a nephew were in a Dodge Durango driving westbound on FM 535 when it crashed into the tractor trailer. Beck and one of her sons, Blake Anthony, died at the scene. Her 13-year-old son and 6-year-old nephew were taken to Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, and have since been released.
The tractor trailers were carrying homes that were 16- to 18-feet wide. KVUE measured FM 535, and found that each lane is only about 10 feet wide.
"I wouldn't let them on a two lane road," said driver Nadine Campbell. "I've just seen them on the freeway, but I would think that wouldn't be safe at all on a two lane."
DPS troopers said the first home was on a truck driven by 42-year-old Jorge Segovia-Callazo. A second truck carrying a home followed the first, and DPS officials told KVUE they were both breaking laws. The vehicles were too wide for the road, didn't have the proper escort vehicle, didn't have the approved permit and weren't even supposed to be on the road.
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