A highway accident in Texas on Sunday killed a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier and his family, according to the military and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Sgt. Brandon Cummings, 24, was a military police officer assigned to JBLM’s 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command. The accident also killed his wife, Vanessa, 25, and their 10-month-old son, Dawson. The family lived in Lakewood.
They died when a tractor-trailer driven by Jorge Alberto Contreras, 62, drifted across Interstate 40 in north Texas about 7:15 p.m. on Sunday and struck the family’s Chevrolet Equinox, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Contreras may have suffered some sort of medical episode, Texas officials reported.
Vanessa Cummings was driving west at the time of the accident; Contreras was traveling in eastbound lanes.
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The Amarillo Globe-News reported that Contreras was taken to a hospital and treated for non-fatal injuries.
A spokeswoman for Cummings’ unit said his command was planning a memorial so soldiers on base can pay respects to the family with a local service.
Cummings had served in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to his LinkedIn profile. He most recently served in the headquarters of the sustainment command, which oversees Army logistics, medical and military police units at JBLM.
Vanessa Cummings was a military veteran, an Army spokesman said.