At Least 4 Children Perish In Crash Involving Two Semis And SUV
(Original report has been UPDATED)
Lee County, Texas – A crash involving two tractor-trailers and a passenger vehicle claimed the lives of at least four children on Wednesday along Highway 77 near Giddings, Texas.
According to authorities, a big rig jackknifed while traveling northbound around 3:45 p.m.
A Nissan Pathfinder with five children inside swerved to avoid colliding with the tractor-trailer.
According to investigators, the SUV traveled off the roadway for a short distance before overcorrecting to the left.
The Pathfinder then swerved across all northbound lanes crossing over into the southbound lane where it struck another tractor-trailer traveling southbound.
According to Texas DPS, the pathfinder had six occupants including five children.
Two of them were ejected, investigators said.
3-year-old Daniella Castro from Giddings, 2-year-old Sebain Castro from Giddings, and 7-year-old Trenton Ryan Wright all died at the scene and were transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office.
On Thursday, authorities confirmed another victim, 13-year-old Lillian Castro, who was transported to Dell Children’s Hospital following the crash, has also died.
6-year-old Lillian Sue Wright was also transported to Dell Children’s. Her condition is not known at this time.
The driver of the Pathfinder, 26-year-old Chelsea Dawn Frances Olsen, was transported to a nearby hospital where she remains in critical condition.
Neither truck driver was injured, according to authorities.
Investigators said the roadway was wet at the time of the crash, but it’s unclear if the weather played a role.
It’s also unclear what led to the first 18-wheeler jackknifing.
The accident remains under investigation.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor new developments.
(Featured Images above courtesy of Giddings Times & News)