Five people are dead and two have been hospitalized after a wreck early Sunday morning about one mile south of Seagraves.
Troopers with the Department of Public Safety responded to the crash, which ejected five people from a pickup truck, around 3 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the start of the S-curve heading into Seagraves, said DPS Sgt. Bryan Witt.
A Dodge Ram pickup with two people reportedly rear-ended a GMC pickup with five people, causing both units to strike the west ditch and overturn, Witt said. Six of the seven people involved in the crash were ejected.
All five people ejected from the GMC pickup were reported dead at the scene, Witt said.
One occupant of the Ram was airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock. The other reportedly left the scene, Witt said. He was later located in Seagraves and transported to a hospital in Brownfield for treatment.
Troopers are interviewing both occupants of the Ram to determine which was driving at the time of the wreck. Charges may be forthcoming for the accident and fleeing the scene, Witt said.
DPS officials believe alcohol may have played a role in the wreck and no one involved was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, Witt said. Both factors are still under investigation.
All five occupants of the GMC pickup were transported to South Plains Forensics for identification.
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