Accident claims lives of winery employees
A fatal accident took the lives of two Austin women around 12:20 p.m. Friday, May 4.
Ramiro Sanchez, 54, of Tomball, was driving eastbound in the 17000 block of U.S. 290 East, between Stonewall and Hye, in a 2017 Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer with a flatbed.
For reasons not yet known, Sanchez lost control and both the truck and connected trailer veered into the westbound lanes, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The truck portion of the rig struck a 2015 Honda Civic traveling west, driven by Jack McGuff, 27, of Pearland.
The Honda was forced off the road and came to a stop in the grass.
Jordan Ruth Hensley, 26, of Austin, and her passenger, Erin Nicolle Alexander, 22, also of Austin, were traveling west in a 2012 Subaru Outback at the time of the collision.
Hensley was unable to avoid striking the trailer portion of the truck tractor. Hensley and Alexander were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to DPS.
McGuff and Sanchez were transported to Hill Country Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to a hospital spokesman, both have since been treated and released.
A Facebook page from Alexander Vineyards indicated that Alexander and Hensley both worked at the winery and were on the way to work when the accident occurred.
“Our AV family suffered an unimaginable loss on Friday as we lost our two leaders who were tragically killed in a car accident,” the page stated. “Our world has been turned upside down and we are trying to cope with these unbearable losses. We ask that you forgive us as we take some time to mourn them and pick up the pieces. We will make some decisions in the coming days about our plans to re-open when the time is right.”
The page also stated that the two girls were dog lovers and that any donations can be made to the Hill Country SPCA.
The investigation is on-going and all contributing factors are not yet known. The accident closed the highway for approximately three hours, according to the Gillespie County Sheriff's Office.