Victim identified in deadly crash on State Highway 158 in Midland Co.

MIDLAND COUNTY -- 4:50 p.m. Update: TxDOT reports that HAZMAT cleanup has started at the scene of the crash.

Traffic will remain closed for the next three to four hours.

3 p.m. Update: New details have been released on this morning's deadly crash.

The victim of the crash has been identified as 74-year-old Ray Reyes of Big Lake, Texas.

According to DPS, their troopers were called out to a crash at State Highway 158 and FM 1379 at 11:22 a.m.

When the troopers arrived at the scene they found a crash involving two 18-wheelers.

Reyes passed away from his injuries at the scene. The other driver, 27-year-old Angel Martinez-Munoz of Chihuahua, Mexico was not hurt in the crash.

An investigation of the crash revealed that Reyes was traveling east on SH 158 as Munoz was stopped at a stop sign facing north on FM 1379.

According to DPS, Munoz failed to yield the right of way and pulled out into the intersection where he crashed into Reyes' vehicle.

DPS says that both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time.

The following comes from TxDOT:

Crash has closed SH 158 at FM 1379. FM 1379 North is also blocked off at the SH 158 intersection. Detouring westbound SH 158 to SH 137 North to FM 307 West to FM 1379 South back to SH 158 West. Detouring eastbound SH 158 onto North FM 1379 to East FM 307 to South SH 137 then back to SH 158 East. FM 1379 North will be detoured to RM 1357 South then East on FM 2401 and then South on SH 137 and then back onto SH 158 East.

DPS is investigating a deadly crash between two 18-wheelers south of Midland on Tuesday.

The crash happened at the intersection of State Highway 158 and FM 1379 at Sprayberry around noon.

The Glasscock Co. Sheriff's Office says westbound 158 is being diverted to Hwy 137 north or south.

CBS7 will update this story as more information becomes available.

The accident left the intersection closed for several hours, impacting not only commuters, but residents who were left with no road to their homes.

Juanida Landeros has lived near the intersection of FM 1379 and highway 158 for around 30 years.

“We bought a piece of heaven several years back, and now its hell,” she said.

Landeros said they moved to the area for quiet living, but the frequency of accidents in the area causes her to worry.
“Sometimes it’s strong enough that you can hear it inside the house. So if you just come out, you know what it is, you know it’s an accident. Sometimes we’re just sitting there talking and you hear that big old boom, you know? At this point it doesn’t surprise me anymore,” she said.

Landeros said she witnesses several accidents a week.

“It’s either people not paying attention, or an animal getting out of the pasture. It’s always something. But it never fails, every week,” she said.

Landeros said if she isn’t home when the accident happens, she will spend hours in traffic or on the side of the road closure, waiting for it to open.

“Right now, I’m waiting right here, instead of going and fighting the traffic. If I’m lucky enough, it’s an hour or two. I don’t know what to tell you, because, like I said, it happens every week,” she said.

After one accident, an officer escorted her home to get medicine. But normally, she waits for the road to open, pondering the emotional impact on the accident victims’ families, and the safety of her own.

“You’re just waiting for them to get into your fence or your house. You never know,” she said.

Landeros said this accident, and others she’s recounted, should serve as a reminder to drivers to stay aware of their surroundings, and follow the law.

“You have to be on the defensive side every single day now with all this traffic and more people,” she said.