Fiery Truck Crash Kills 6 When Driver Crashes Into Trees

Homeless camper seriously burned died later Monday

Six people were killed overnight Sunday when a truck ran off of a Fort Worth road and burst into flames, officials say.

The crash happened shortly before 2 a.m. Monday in the 1500 block of East Northside Drive, just west of Interstate 35W.

The truck left the road as it approached a curve, ran down a short hill and crashed into a wooded area where it caught on fire.

There were six people inside a truck, which was the only vehicle involved in the crash, were killed, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department.

On Tuesday, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified two of the victims in the crash as 33-year-old Enrique Wilson Silva and 26-year-old Landy Izac Funes-Artiaga.

"Coming on the scene and seeing how this happened is very tragic. It's a very tragic, very heartbreaking situation," Fort Worth police officer Ivan Gomez said.

It's proved difficult to identify all of the victims, according to police.

Families who have not hear from loved ones are desperate for answers.

Several people walked along the charred path of destruction to see it for themselves Monday afternoon.

The truck belonged to Wilson Enrique Silva of Honduras, his family confirmed.

The 33-year-old's wife was visibly overcome with grief when she arrived at the crash site.

She told NBC 5 she had not heard from Silva since Sunday and shared a picture of him with NBC 5 in hopes that someone would recognize him.

"We're devastated," family friend Brenda Funez said. "They've told us he's dead, but we don't know anything else."

Funez said she didn't know who else may have been in the truck with Silva other than a cousin who was also missing.

The section of windy road has a posted speed limit of 40 miles an hour.

Since 2015, Fort Worth police said there have been two previous fatal crashes there.

Speed, police said, was a factor in all of the crashes, including the third crash Monday morning.

"Witnesses do say the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed," Gomez said.

Silva's family told NBC 5 they would have to use DNA testing to confirm whether Silva was in fact among the victims.

Editor's note: An initial version of this story stated there were five people in the truck and one homeless person involved in the crash. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, the Fort Worth Fire Department said there were actually six people in the vehicle. No bystanders were struck.

Contact Us