An accident east of Bishop Friday and a separate accident south of Riviera Tuesday claimed the lives of three people, including two infants.

Tuesday’s accident involved three vehicles and killed a 1-year-old passenger and sent four other people to the hospital.

According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident happened on U.S. Highway 77, about a half a mile south of Riviera at about 3:30 p.m.

The initial investigation revealed a 2003 Chevrolet suburban with a driver and four passengers was traveling northbound on the highway. A 2005 Freightliner semi truck was in the southbound lane, when the driver of the Suburban moved into the southbound lane.

The Freightliner tried to take evasive action, but was struck by the Suburban on the driver’s side.

One-year-old Ezekiel Castro, from Edinburg, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Suburban and a 10-year-old passenger were both trapped and had to be extracted from the vehicle. Both were airlifted by HALO Flight to Christus Spohn Shoreline and Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi.

A nine-year-old boy and a woman were transported to Christus Spohn Kleberg in Kingsville. 

The woman was then transported to Christus Spohn Shoreline in serious condition, and the 9-year-old was transferred to Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

The driver of the Freightliner was checked by EMTs at the scene of the crash but was released.

Officials said the crash is still under investigation.

On Friday, an 18-year-old and a 2-year-old were killed in a crash near Bishop. 

According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident happened on Farm-to-Market Road 70 six miles east of Bishop shortly after 11 p.m.

A preliminary investigation showed that a 2008 Ford Fusion was traveling westbound and for an unknown reason crossed into the eastbound lane. A 2015 Mercedes Benz traveling eastbound attempted to take evasive action but was struck by the Ford Fusion. 

Two passengers in the Ford Fusion were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as Haven Sandoval, 2, and Mario Alberto Benavides, 18, of Kingsville. The driver, two other passengers and the driver of the Mercedes were taken by HALO Flight and ambulances to Christus Spohn Shoreline. 

Investigators said the 2-year-old was secured in a car seat at the time of the accident .

That crash is also still under investigation.

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