Blowout blamed for deadly east Texas crash

August 8, 2010 7:36:54 PM PDT
Investigators blame a blown left rear tire for sending a care veering out of control and into a tree on an east Texas highway, killing three men.

The crash happened at 7:45 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 20, about 15 miles northwest of Tyler. Smith County Justice of the Peace James Meredith identifies the dead as 20-year-old Michael Sanchez of Kennedale, 18-year-old Ruban Vargas of Fort Worth and Emilio Banda-Hernandez of Fort Worth, age unknown.

The driver of the car, 28-year-old Enrique Martinez of Fort Worth, was treated for minor injuries at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler and discharged. Another passenger, 37-year-old Jermaine Bailey of Fort Worth, was in fair condition at the Tyler hospital.