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One dead in Kosciusko wreck


One dead in Kosciusko wreck
MARVIN BARNES/Contributor A trooper from the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol conducts his investigation into a wreck that occurred just after 1 p.m. Jan. 17, in which one person is con-firmed dead. The wreck, which involved a tractor-trailer and a compact car, occurred one mile north of F.M. 541 on S.H. 123 near Kosciusko.


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Wilson County News
January 17, 2012, 2:30pm
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KOSCIUSKO (revised) -- One driver is dead following a near head-on collision at approximately 1 p.m. Jan. 17 on S.H. 123 approximately 1 mile north of F.M. 541 near here.

Ralph Michael Casteel, 50, of Lockhart was pronounced dead at the scene by Sara Canady, justice of the peace for Wilson County Pct. 2, according to Trooper Al Alejos of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol. This was after his southbound Saturn Aura sedan collided with a northbound tractor-trailer driven by Alexi Ramirez-Salabarria, 42, of New Braunfels. Ramirez-Salabarria was not injured.

Alejos said witnesses reported that Casteel's vehicle was swerving and that he was unable to maintain a lane in the moments leading up to the crash. Because there was no evidence of alcohol in his vehicle, Alejos said Casteel might have been fatigued.

Traffic on S.H. 123 was shut down in both directions until approximately 5:30 p.m., Alejos said.
 

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Ben Hummel  
stockdale, TX  
January 23, 2012 11:05am
 
DOT's budget along with everyone else's in the state has been slashed by our state government, thus the issue with enforcement. Knowing the fuel tax and all the other taxes these trucking companies pay, i would hope our government ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
January 23, 2012 10:54am
 
Ben Hummel is spot on. DPS needs to really crack down on these guys.

 
thankful to be here  
floresville  
January 21, 2012 9:33am
 
Since the accident that took the mans life the dps has not even made a comment on patroling these heavy traffic highways why is this does any one know .

 
MARIA EREVIA-BRUEHWILER  
HEBER SPRINGS, AR  
January 18, 2012 8:41pm
 
RALPH CASTEEL WAS MARRIED TO MY NIECE, FRANCES. THEY HAVE TWO GIRLS, KARA AND ALLYSSA. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. MAY GOD ACCEPT HIM IN HIS ARMS AND GUIDE ALONG. RALPH WAS KILLED ON HWY 123 ON jANUARY 17TH. I WONDER IF ANYBODY ... More ›

 
what tha  
floresville  
January 18, 2012 6:04pm
 
this traffic control is the department of public saftey. for some reason when the one dot trooper is working one spot the big rigs go a different route. i have a friend that lives in la vernia on 87 tells me that a trooper runs ... More ›

 
connie garcia  
kingsville, TX  
January 18, 2012 3:59pm
 
RALPH CASTEEL WAS MY COUSIN, I JUST WOULD LIKE TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT RALPH,WAS A GREAT MAN, WONDERFUL HUSBAND,WONDERFUL DAD TO HIS 2 DAUGHTERS, ...RALPH YOU ALWAYS MADE ME SMILE, ALWAYS WAS A HAPPY MAN, HE LOVED HIS WIFE ... More ›

 
Ben Hummel  
stockdale, TX  
January 18, 2012 9:50am
 
I have managed a trucking company in the san antonio and austin area for 10 years now, and can assure you one of the major factors here is enforcement and equipment neglect. We are required to do dot biannual inspections on ... More ›

 
Resident  
Stockdale  
January 18, 2012 9:05am
 
We live between Stockdale and Sutherland Springs near Alum Creek. Have to use CR 417 to get home and that has become a big thoroughfare for traffic between 123 and 87..not to mention the home of an Oil trucking company Coastal ... More ›

 
Lenoir Moy  
Floresville, TX  
January 18, 2012 2:01am
 
I don't understand why so many are coming down on the 18 wheeler. According to what the WCN news article. it was the fault of the deceased that brought about the wreck.

 
Erica Cantu  
January 18, 2012 12:05am
 
My husband and I were the ones who witnessed the accident....he said he had seen the man swerving for a while and wuz keeping an eye on him but he said he looked down and looked up at the rear view mirror again and saw him go ... More ›

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