A young Texas newlywed couple died in a car crash just minutes after tying the knot, authorities said.

The New York Post reported that Harley Joe Morgan, 19, and his bride, Rhiannon Boudreaux Morgan, 20, were killed after leaving their wedding ceremony at a courthouse in the town of Orange, which is 150km of east of Houston.

The couple left the parking lot and merged onto State Highway 87 when their car was struck by a pick-up truck, police said.

The groom’s mother, who was driving behind them, tried desperately to save the couple to no avail, news station KDFM reported.

Both Harley and his bride were pronounced dead at the scene.

“I watched my baby die,” Kennia Morgan told the news station. “I’m still wearing my son’s blood because I was trying my best to rip him and her out of the car.”

She said the pair were high school sweethearts and the “only thing that they wanted was to get married”.

“They haven’t even been married for five minutes,” Ms Kennia said.

“I witnessed my own worst nightmare. That’s an image that will haunt me the rest of my life.

“I won’t forget it. It will never go away. I will see that truck hit my baby and kill my baby every night of my life, the rest of the time that I’m on earth.”

Police said the truck driver wasn’t injured in the incident. The vehicle had been towing a trailer with a tractor when it collided with the couple’s car.

The crash is under investigation, authorities said.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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