BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A mother and son died after driving into a truck carrying a mobile home in Bastrop County on Tuesday afternoon.
The crash happened around 5 p.m. in the 1200 block of Farm to Market 535, southwest of Smithville. A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety says the woman, Deborah Jackson, 50, was driving a Dodge Durango in the westbound lane of FM 535 when she struck the mobile home going eastbound. DPS says the mobile home was partially in the westbound lane. The crash killed Deborah, her 12-year-old son Blake Jackson, who was in the back passenger seat, and injured two others in the vehicle, Deborah’s other son, 13, and her 6-year-old nephew.
DPS says the mobile home that was being transported was too wide for the small two-lane road. The permit for the truck driver shows his load is 16 feet wide. We measured, one lane of the road is only about 12 feet wide.
According to records from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the truck driver was not on his designated route. The mobile home left Abilene and was en route to a location on State Highway 95 in Smithville. The documents indicated the truck’s route was to take the longer route of SH 304 to Interstate 10 and then back up SH 95 to Smithville. Instead, it appears the driver cut across on FM 535.
“The permit requires that they follow the permitted route, so when they are issued a permit, they are required by the permit itself and by state law to follow that route,” said Jimmy Archer, director of the Motor Carrier Division at the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
Police say the truck driver did not have a pilot guide. Authorities say depending on the outcome of the investigation, criminally negligent homicide charges could be filed against the driver of the tractor-trailer.
Blake was a student at Smithville Junior High. We did speak with family members of Deborah and Blake, including Blake’s 13-year-old brother who was also in the car during the crash. They didn’t want to do an on-camera interview today, but they say their loved ones will be missed.