Three Howard County residents were killed Thursday morning when the SUV they were traveling in was hit by an oilfield pumper truck near the intersection of FM 846 and U.S. Highway 87.
According to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident was reported at 5:18 a.m. at the intersection, located approximately 10 miles from Big Spring.
Killed in the accident were Francis “Frank” Overton, 28, of Big Spring (an obituary received for Overton identifies the man as being from Knott); Dennis Richardson, 59, of Big Spring; and Sergio Gonzales, 32, of Forsan. All three men were employees of Big Spring-based Robinson drilling, according to reports.
According to DPS, the three men were traveling east on FM 846 in a Chevrolet Suburban approaching the intersection at U.S. Highway 87. The driver of the Suburban apparently disregarded a stop sign and the vehicle was struck by the pumper truck, which was traveling north on Highway 87.
All three men traveling in the Suburban were pronounced dead at the scene by Howard County Justice of the Peace Bennie Green at 7:58 a.m.
According to DPS communications officials with the DPS Regional Office in Midland, the driver of the Suburban's failure to regard the stop sign at the intersection was the approximate cause of the accident. The name of the driver has not been released. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to have played a role in the crash, according to the investigating trooper's report.
The driver of the pumper truck — Joseph Kimbrell Jr. of Rhome, Texas, according to reports — was listed in fair condition following the incident Thursday.