A teenage driver and passenger in a vehicle involved in a police pursuit Thursday night in Gregg County were killed after crashing into a tractor-trailer in Kilgore.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded at 11:56 p.m. to the crash at FM 349 and U.S. 259 Business in Kilgore, according to spokeswoman Sgt. Jean Dark.
Dark said preliminary reports show driver Gabriel Coronado, 17, of Longview was traveling west on FM 349 when he disregarded a red light at U.S. 259 Business and hit the trailer of a tractor-trailer headed south.
Coronado was pronounced dead at the scene, Dark said.
Front-seat passenger Braeden Jones, 17, of Kilgore was taken to Christus Good Shepherd Emergency Center in Kilgore, where he later died from his injuries.
Two other passengers, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, in Coronado’s vehicle were taken to Christus Good Shepherd Emergency Center in Kilgore with injuries that were not life threatening.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
Troopers had tried to stop Coronado’s vehicle for a traffic violation as he drove west on Interstate 20, according to Dark. She said he, instead, evaded officers by taking the exit at FM 2087 south of Longview and getting on FM 349 before the crash.
The crash is under investigation.