UVALDE COUNTY, Texas – A group of seniors from the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels were involved in a crash in Uvalde County Wednesday afternoon, church officials confirmed.
The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed 13 people were killed and two other people were injured.
The head-on crash between a pickup truck and a small van happened on Highway 83 near Garner State Park in Concan, Texas.
Church officials said the group was returning to New Braunfels from a Baptist encampment near Leakey where they were attending a retreat.
Officials have released the identifies of all the victims in the crash:
- Murray William Barrett, 67, of New Braunfels
- Howard Bryan Allen, 81, of New Braunfels
- Rhonda Barlow Allen, 61, of New Braunfels
- Harold Boyd Barber, 87, of New Braunfels
- Margaret Robinson Barber, 82, of New Braunfels
- Cristie Clare Moore, 68, of Cibolo, TX
- Donna Elizabeth Hawkins, 69, of Schertz, TX
- Avis Scholl Banks, 83, of Austin
- Mildred Goodlett Rosamond, 87, of New Braunfels
- Addie Maurine Schmeltekopf, 84, of New Braunfels was taken to University Hospital in San Antonio where she died
- Sue Wynn Tysdal, 76, of New Braunfels
- Martha Holcomb Walker, 84, of New Braunfels
- Dorothy Fern Vulliet, 84, of New Braunfels
Rose Mary Harris, 64, of New Braunfels, was flown to SAMMC Hospital in San Antonio. She was listed in critical condition.
The driver of the pickup truck, Jack Dillon Young, 20, of Leakey, was flown to University Hospital in San Antonio. He was listed in stable condition.
All lanes of US 83 were closed between the park and Texas Highway 127 in Concan as officials investigated. The road was reopened just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
All events at the church were canceled Wednesday night, with the sanctuary to be open for prayer and support.
Governor Greg Abbot released the following statement on the accident:
“Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to the victims and the families of those involved in today's tragic event. We are saddened by the loss of life and our hearts go out to all those affected. We thank the first responders working on the scene in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy, and ask that all Texans join us in offering their thoughts and prayers.”