Robstown, TX Auto and Truck Collision, May 1986


Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for a Seguin couple killed Thursday in a fiery collision in Robstown.
HARRY J. BYRON, 63, and his wife, FLORENCE, 62, were killed when the car in which they were riding struck a tank truck which had burst into flames after hitting another car.
Also killed in the collision were the driver of the tank truck and a Texas City couple traveling with the BYRONS.
According to a United Press International story, the truck driver, DANNY ROBERTSON, 35, of Alice, was transporting a load of the chemical acetaldehyde ammonia to the Celanese Corp. in Bishop when his truck struck a car that turned onto U.S. Highway 77 from a country road.
The car, in which the BYRONS and VERNON MANSFIELD WEEDLE, 72, and his wife, GRACE GILMORE WEEDLE, 70, were riding, crashed into the flaming tank truck moments after the initial collision. The car was owned by the WEEDLES.
Thursday was HARRY BYRON'S birthday. The two couples were returning from a trip to Mexico at the time of the collision.
The collision shot flames into the air that were visible three miles, forced investigators to reroute traffic because of the noxious fumes, led to the evacuation of 700 people from 125 nearby homes, and forced the suspension of train traffic because the fire weakened a nearby wooden railroad trestle.
The bodies were not recovered from the wreckage until Friday afternoon after authorities allowed it to cool and the chemical to vaporize.
The two Robstown women in the other car were taken to the burn ward at Memorial Medical Center in Corpus Christi for treatment.
A funeral Mass for the BYRONS was held Monday afternoon at St. James Catholic Church in Seguin. The Rev. Sam Heitkamp officiated. Burial followed in Lone Oak Cemetery.
The couple is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Harry Michael Byron and Carol Byron of Schertz and three grandchildren, Tracy Axtens of Texas City and Kelly and Carri Byron, both of Schertz.
HARRY BYRON also is survived by two brothers, Jimmy Powers and Billy Powers, both of New Jersey and one sister, Dorothy Hooks of League City.

Seguin Gazette-Enterprise Texas 1986-05-06