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LODD: Texas EMS crew killed in ambulance, pickup collision

A Victorious Care Ambulance crew and a pickup truck driver were killed in a head-on crash


Captain Andres Botello (left) and Firefighter/EMT Jose Cepeda (right). (Zapata County Fire Department/Emergency Management / Facebook)

By Bill Carey

JIM HOGG COUNTY, Texas — Three people were killed in a head-on collision involving an ambulance in Jim Hogg County on Nov. 8.

The Texas Department of Public Safety stated a pickup truck, traveling westward on Highway 16, collided with a Victorious Care Ambulance traveling in the opposite direction, KGNS reported.

The victims have been identified as Jaime Barrera Junior, the driver pickup truck; Captain Andres Botello, the driver of the ambulance; and Firefighter/EMT Jose Guadalupe Cepeda, a passenger in the ambulance.

Texas DPS stated that the driver of the pickup truck failed to drive in a single lane, crossing over to the eastbound lane and colliding head-on with the ambulance.

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