UPDATE: The Texas Department of Public Safety has released additional information that killed two McAllen residents. 

The crash occurred on U.S. 281 Military Highway, west of FM 88, around 6:45 p.m. 

Texas DPS said a preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Honda Accord was traveling westbound on Military Road behind an 18-wheeler. That’s when authorities said the driver of the Honda Accord failed to control speed and struck the 18-wheeler from behind. 

A passenger in the Honda, Kristine Renae Valderas, 26, of McAllen, died on the scene with major injuries. The driver of the Honda, Britney Justine Cavazos, 30, of McAllen, was airlifted to McAllen Medical Center where she died. 

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not taken to the hospital. 

The crash remains under investigation. 


Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers are on the scene of a deadly crash where two people were killed. 

According to Texas DPS, the crash occurred on Military Highway, west of FM 88.

Authorities said the crash involved two vehicles. 

CBS 4 is working to get more information about this crash. We will keep you up-to-date with the very latest information.