Two people were killed and third injured in an early morning two vehicle accident Sunday morning. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred at 6:29 AM Sunday, 9.7 miles northeast of Ballinger on U.S. Highway 67. A 2002 Ford Ranger pickup, driven by 19 year old Bolton Layne Day of Brownwood collided with a 2009 Ford F-250 pickup towing a 2006 Big Tex flatbed trailer, driven by Jessie Robles, 49 of Joshua. Robles was the lone occupant of the Ford pickup towing the trailer. The Ford Ranger pickup driven by Day, was traveling northeast on U.S. Highway 67 when it crossed the center stripe of the highway and entered into the opposite lane of travel. Robles took evasive action to the right in an attempt to avoid the collision. The Ford Ranger impacted both the full size Ford pickup and the towed trailer, then rolled over multiple times. A passenger in the Ford Ranger was ejected and died at the scene. He was identified as Billy Edward Jones, 18 of Brownwood. Day was taken to Ballinger Memorial Hospital and transferred to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo where he later died. A third occupant of the Ford Ranger, a 16 year old male from Brownwood, was treated and released from Ballinger Memorial Hospital. None of the occupants of the Ford Ranger were wearing seatbelts. Robles was wearing a seatbelt.
The accident is being investigated by Trooper Nathan Armstrong of the Texas Highway Patrol's Sweetwater office. He was assisted at the scene by Corporal Michael Gray of the THP's Ballinger office along with the Runnels County Sheriff's Department, Ballinger Volunteer Fire Department, the Texas Department of Transportation, and emergency medical services from Ballinger Memorial Hospital, North Runnels Hospital, and Coleman County Medical Center.