Anyone heading to the Valley or toward Victoria will need to find an alternate route. A crash about 11:15 am this morning southbound on US 59 at the Victoria Exit has left 5 dead and 7 injured. One of the injured has been flown to Houston. DPS said the crash involved an 18-wheeler, a Chevrolet extended cab pickup, and a 10-passenger van. They are investigating to determine the cause of the crash. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured. A firefighter on the scene said the hood of the passenger van was pushed all the way to the rear passenger compartment. They have not given any ages or where the victims were from as of yet. Northbound 59 is said to be at a crawl with rubberneckers.