Second person dies from multi-vehicle crash in Liberty

The driver of the blue pickup died from injuries he received in a major, four-vehicle crash on US 90 west of Liberty around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The driver was heading eastbound when he cut across both eastbound lanes, across the median and into the westbound lanes. His passenger was taken to Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center for treatment. Another driver was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with critical injuries.

Liberty Police Department says a second person has died following a four-vehicle crash on US 90 west of Liberty Thursday afternoon.

The second deceased victim is identified as Margarito Dominguez, 59. He died at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he was airlifted immediately following the accident.

The driver of the vehicle believed to have caused the pile-up has been identified as Russell Allen Ham, 79 of Louisiana. Ham was driving a 2016 Ford pickup and was headed eastbound when he crossed the median and veered into oncoming traffic.

According to Lt. Chip Fairchild, spokesperson for Liberty Police Department, police suspect that Ham may have had a medical issue just prior to the accident. An autopsy is being performed to aid the investigation.

Immediately following the accident, life-saving measures were performed on Ham at the scene and continued at Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center. Despite those efforts, Ham died from his injuries and was pronounced by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Larry Wilburn.

The accident caused the closure of the westbound lane of US 90 for several hours and major delays on the eastbound lane.

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