Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Troopers are investigating an early morning three vehicle crash in Grimes County resulting in three deaths and six injured passengers, one critically, on State Highway105 at Grassy Creek Bridge, approximately four miles east of Navasota.

The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 6:30 a.m., a westbound 2001 Dodge pick-up crossed into the eastbound lane, in a no passing zone, and struck head-on a 2013 Chevrolet van. A 2009 Chevrolet pick-up, also travelling east, struck the Chevrolet van in the eastbound lane. The Dodge pick-up and Chevrolet van sustained extensive front end damage. The Dodge pick-up caught fire after the collision and was extinguished by the Navasota Fire Department. The Chevrolet pick-up sustained minor damage to the left front.

The driver of the Dodge and the driver of the Chevrolet van, along with a passenger in the van, were pronounced deceased at the scene by Judge Underwood. A passenger in the van was air lifted to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston and is in critical condition. The remaining five passengers were injured; three were transported by ambulance to St Joseph Hospital in Bryan and two were transported by ambulance to Scott & White Hospital in College Station. The driver of the Chevrolet pick-up was uninjured.

Traffic was diverted for several hours from State Highway 105 to FM-2988 and onto FM-362 while the traffic crash was being investigated and was reopened shortly before 11.30 a.m.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers have identified the three people who were killed early Thursday in a collision near Navasota as Keaton Anthony Bussell, 18, of Montgomery, Richard Michael Thomas, 55, of College Station, and 36-year-old Jessie Conzalo Gallegos of Bryan.

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