Two people are dead following a freak accident that occurred early Wednesday morning, just west of Jasper.
Police and other emergency crews were dispatched to Farm to Market Road 777, just south of Highway 190, shortly after midnight, when it was reported that an accident had occurred and arrived to find that a tree had fallen on top of a pick up truck a couple was traveling in.
The volunteers of the Jasper Fire Department and others worked frantically in the blowing rain to rescue the the two individuals from the vehicle. However, their attempts were in vain and the two occupants of the pick up were pronounced dead at the scene by Jasper County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Billingsly.
The deceased has since been identified as Russell Lan Barnes, 51, and his wife, Ginger K. Barnes, 43, of LaPorte, near Houston. Word is that the couple had fled their home to escape Hurricane Harvey and were staying here in the Jasper Area.
The accident occurred as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey moved through the Jasper Area, producing heavy rains and winds with gusts of up to 25 miles per hour.