Rubén Cantú-Rodríguez/Conexión Del Río

DEL RIO – Volunteers, Maverick County and state officials continued this morning the search for Lucila Robles, a 67-year-old woman who is believed to have been at her home, on U.S. Hwy 277, one mile south of Quemado, Texas, when a truck loaded with automotive airbag components caught on fire and exploded next to the house. The blast leveled the structure down to the ground.

The blast, which injured a total of four people and damaged at least 10 more houses, occurred on Monday morning, August 22, 2016 at approximately 2 a.m., near the intersection of U.S. Hwy 277 and FM 1666 in Maverick County. The highway was closed for nearly 24 hours, until Tuesday morning, when it was cleared of debris and reopened to through traffic.

Maverick County officials stated that parts of the flatbed trailer hauling high pressure cylinders, were found nearly 2 miles away from the place of the accident.

The truck hauling the airbag components was being driven by 20-year-old Mario Alberto Rodriguez, and was traveling from Del Rio to Eagle Pass. The other three people reported injured were a passenger of the truck, and a couple driving a Toyota SUV which was passing by when the blast occurred.

First reports indicated that the truck and the SUV had collided head-on. Officials later found that damages to SUV were caused by the explosion. The SUV sustained extensive damages. It is unclear if the truck caught on fire before or after going off the road. Both occupants of the vehicle left the truck before the explosion.

Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims. All four of them were initially taken to the hospital in Eagle Pass, and later airlifted to San Antonio.

Neighbors of Quemado, Texas reported damages to their homes. The blast broke numerous windows and ripped doors off of their hinges. Reports of the blast were made in the communities of El Moral and Jimenez, on the Mexican side of the border, several miles away.

Tuesday morning, authorities were combing the area with K9 units, along with volunteers. Robles’ family members were called and arrived from San Antonio.

Anybody with information regarding the whereabouts of Lucinda Robles are asked to call the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department at (830) 773-2321.