Victims publicly identified after Harlingen wreck kills 3

HARLINGEN — Three family members were killed Tuesday afternoon when their pickup truck collided with an 18-wheel Harlingen garbage truck, police said Wednesday.

Miguel Angel Giron, 47, and David Giron, 14, both of California, and Rafael Antonio Romero, 42, of Georgia, were dead at the scene at the intersection of Haine Drive and Farm-to-Market Road 509, police said.

Police released no other information Wednesday.

Ambulances took the pickup’s driver and two other passengers whose identities and conditions were not released to Valley Baptist Medical Center, Sgt. David Osborne said Tuesday.

Osborne said investigators believe the Ford pickup truck was northbound when it turned at the intersection of Haine and FM 509, colliding with the southbound garbage truck on a rain-slicked road.

“It appears the red pickup truck attempted to make a left turn onto Haine when the collision occurred,” police said in a news release.

Osborne said investigators sifted through overturned garbage to recover the bodies of two victims ejected from the pickup truck.

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety were assisting the investigation because a Harlingen city vehicle was involved, Osborne said.

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