A Lipan woman and her daughter were among three people who died late Thursday from injuries suffered in a head-on collision in southeastern Palo Pinto County that also killed a man from West Texas, according to reports.
Lezlee Stone, 43, a nurse, died at the scene on Farm Road 4 a few miles west of Lipan, said Sgt. Jason Dudley of the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Mineral Wells.
Her daughter, 9-year-old Jaci Stone, was taken by helicopter to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, where she was pronounced dead at 11:16 p.m.
The third victim was Robert Hudson, 51, of Goldsmith, Texas, Dudley said. Goldsmith is about 20 miles northwest of Odessa.
Hudson, an oil field worker, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer that collided with the 2005 Ford van that carried Stone and her daughter.
Hudson also died at the scene, Dudley said.
The TrailBlazer of northbound on FM 4, while the van was southbound, Dudley said.
''He was coming out of curve,'' Dudley said of Hudson. "We believe he was traveling at a high rate of speed and essentially left the roadway as he tried to negotiate a curve."
Highway patrol troopers believe Hudson over-corrected to get back onto the pavement, Dudley said. But that caused the sports utility vehicle slide into the southbound lane, Dudley said.
"(He) struck the van head on," the sergeant said. "It appears that speeding was the primary factor."
Dudley said troopers had not yet been able to estimate how fast the SUV was going, but the speed limit at the scene of the wreck was 50 mph.