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Five individuals were killed in a two-vehicle collision that took place over the weekend west of Highview Park Road in Bardwell. The youngest victim was five years old.

According to a Texas Highway Patrol media release, 31-year-old Jose Munoz was driving west Sunday morning on South Highway 34 in a white 2012 Dodge pickup before the accident took place. Two children were in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle — an eight-year-old female and a five-year-old male.

Preliminary investigations into the accident show that 67-year-old Michael Spurgeon Sr. was driving a black 2010 Ford Crown Victoria at around the same time and was traveling east on the highway. His son, Michael Spurgeon Jr., 40, was riding with Spurgeon Sr.

For an as of yet undetermined reason, Munoz veered into the eastbound lane and struck Spurgeon Sr.’s vehicle head-on. All five victims were killed as a result of the crash. Spurgeon Sr. served as the chief of police for the Bardwell Police Department prior to the accident, while his son, Spurgeon Jr., was a volunteer firefighter for the Bardwell Fire Department, according to the department's Facebook page.

DPS was called to the scene at 10:12 a.m. Sunday and reopened the highway late afternoon. An investigation into the accident is currently ongoing.