A former Aledo school superintendent and his teenage grandson were killed Wednesday afternoon in a multivehicle wreck on Interstate 20 at Farm Road 1187, officials reported.
Don Daniel, 68, and Hunter Corzine, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Shortly before 1:30 p.m., Daniel was driving a Nissan pickup westbound on I-20 when the truck suddenly crossed the median cable barrier and went into eastbound lanes, starting a series of crashes, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The pickup struck an eastbound Chevrolet Suburban head on and then was hit by an eastbound 18-wheeler, Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a DPS spokesman, wrote in an email.
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The Suburban was then rear-ended by a Buick, he said.
The Suburban driver was flown to Texas Health Resources Harris Hospital with serious injuries, Haschel said. The Buick driver was taken to Harris by ground ambulance. A 4-year-old in the Buick was in a car seat and was not injured, he said.
The semi driver was not injured.
Eastbound I-20 at Farm Road 1187 was closed until about 6:30 p.m. as traffic investigation officers examined the scene.
Daniel and Hunter both had Weatherford addresses. Friends said Hunter was Daniel’s grandson.
Daniel was Aledo superintendent from 1999 until he retired in 2011. Before that, he was an assistant superintendent in the Crowley school district for about 20 years.
In an Aledo school district Facebook post, Superintendent Derek Citty said the “entire Bearcat Nation” mourned Daniel’s death.
“Mr. Daniel was a man who cast a long shadow and in many ways is responsible for the strong foundation on which the Aledo ISD rests.”
Students took to Twitter Wednesday evening, tweeting “RIP Hunter Corzine” with prayer emojis.
Haschel said investigators did not have information on the cause of the wreck late Wednesday.
Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792