LUBBOCK (May 5, 2014) Three people were killed early Monday when the van in which they were riding collided with an 18-wheeler carrying a flammable liquid, triggering a fire that burned the two vehicles for hours.
The accident happened at an intersection on U.S. 87 just south of Lubbock.
The victims have not yet been identified, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Bryan Witt said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was conscious and in stable condition at a Lubbock hospital.
Investigators believe the driver of the van failed to yield at a stop sign before crossing U.S. 87.
Witt says the fire burned for about five hours and road repairs will be needed.
Traffic was still being diverted around the accident site late Monday morning.