Five children, aged 2-13, died when an overloaded SUV they were traveling in crashed Monday afternoon in East Texas.
At about 2 p.m. near FM 773 in Van Zandt County, twelve people were riding in a GMC Envoy traveling west on Interstate 20 when the driver lost control and slammed into a traffic sign before rolling several times.
Nine people were ejected from the vehicle, including 7 children and 2 adults. The SUV did not have child safety seats.
Four of the children were pronounced dead at the scene. One of three children was taken by helicopter to the Dallas Children’s Hospital died later.
The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the children who died as 13-year-old Rosvaelia Jaimes; 7-year-old Omar Jaimes; 6-year-old Saideth Acuna; 3-year-old Ulisa Acuna, and 2-year-old Judith Jaimes. All of the children were from Marshall.
Other passengers were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. One adult and one child were not injured in the crash.
The group was headed to the Splash Kingdom water park in Canton.
The names and conditions of the injured and the identity of the driver were not released early Tuesday.