5 teens die in crash with tanker: In northern Texas, five teens were left dead in a crash after the driver the vehicle blew through a stop sign and hit a tanker.
Five teenagers died in a car crash involving a tanker trunk on a country road in northern Texas.
The five teens were traveling in a Chevrolet SUV when it collided with the tanker, igniting its flammable cargo before it engulfed both vehicles. The driver of the tanker escaped with serious injuries, reported CNN.
The collision took place Sunday near the town of Dumas, located around 45 miles north of Amarillo.
Officials told KWTX that the SUV’s driver blew through a stop sign and a tanker hit the vehicle on the passenger side.
The teens who were killed were identified as 17-year-old October Dawn Roys, her 15-year-old sister Elizabeth Kay Roys, 17-year-old Christopher Lee Moore, 17-year-old Derrek Lee Hager, and driver 16-year-old Paul Stipe, according to the station.
The truck driver was identified as Ezequiel Garcia, who was in the burn ward of a Lubbock hospital on Tuesday.
“It’s had a big effect on the whole area, and I think it always seems more tragic when you have a loss of life when people are so young,” Dr. David Bonner, the mayor pro tem of Dumas, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.
Officials believe that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
The crash in Texas follows several other high-profile crashes around the United States, including one this week that killed six teenagers in Ohio, and another that left three teens dead in Indiana last week.
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