One Person Killed in Three Vehicle Accident in Upton County, Victim Identified

One Person Killed in Three Vehicle Accident in Upton County, Victim Identified

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

UPTON COUNTY - One person is dead following a morning accident in Upton County on Friday morning.

The accident happened on Highway 349, approximately 25 miles north of Rankin around 7:30 a.m.

DPS Troopers tell NewsWest 9, an 18-wheeler was traveling north on Highway 349 when the 18-wheeler veered off into oncoming traffic hitting a pickup traveling southbound. The 18-wheeler continued after the first collision and hit a pickup truck towing a John Deere backhoe.

Following the impact, the 18-wheeler rolled onto its right side and skidded off the roadway.

We're told the driver of the 18-wheeler, 28-year-old Jonathan Lee Villegas of Watauga, Texas, was ejected from the vehicle and was killed.

Officials say the 18-wheeler was a Sun Coast semi.

TXDOT Officials also responded to the accident diverting traffic in the area.

The investigation into this accident continues.