A rollover accident in Falls County on State Highway 6 killed one and injured five others late last week. The accident happened on Wednesday night and involved just one vehicle. The other five occupants of the vehicle were all seriously injured in the rollover accident.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a Ford Explorer was traveling south on Highway 6 when a tire blowout caused it to leave the road around 6 p.m. The accident occurred three miles south of Marlin.

A Falls County Sheriff said that six men were inside the Explorer when it rolled several times following the tire blowout. Responding emergency personnel said that five of the six men were ejected from the Explorer when it rolled. Four of the men were airlifted to area hospitals listed in critical condition. The other two men were transported via ground ambulance and were listed in serious condition.

Three of the victims were transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple and the other three were taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco.

One of the victims taken to Baylor in Temple died on Thursday morning. He was 19 and was from the Houston area. All six victims of the accident range in ages from 17 to 19 and are from the Houston area. The three victims taken to Baylor in Waco were treated and released by Thursday afternoon.

Both the Falls County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety continue to investigate the accident.

Vehicle rollovers are particularly dangerous. They can cause serious injury, or death, even when wearing a seat belt and when airbags deploy. Common causes of vehicle rollovers include tire blowouts, excessive speed, t-bone accidents, taking turns or curves at a high rate of speed and more. Not all vehicle rollovers can be avoided, but you can take safety into your own hands and watch your speed.

An experienced personal injury attorney can answer all of your vehicle rollover questions in Houston, Texas.

Source: Waco Tribune, “1 killed, 5 injured in rollover on Highway 6 near Marlin,” KRISTIN HOPPA, March 15, 2017