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Two die in wreck involving a church van near Mineral Wells

Four of the six people injured in a head-on collision Friday evening that killed two others remained hospitalized Saturday night, official said.

Authorities said a 2010 Mitsubishi, heading north, collided head-on with a 1999 Chevrolet passenger van carrying seven members of the Faith Center Assembly of God church in Graham at about 5:25 p.m. on Texas 337 at Turkey Creek just west of Mineral Wells.

Authorities said the driver of the car, Jessica Lee Harris, 34, of Graham, died at the scene. Van passenger Stacey Daily, 40, of Graham died at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth from blunt-force injuries, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Harris was alone in her vehicle. Daily; the van’s driver, Kenny Weimer, 49, of Graham; and two others were flown to JPS. One passenger was flown to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and two occupants were transported to Palo Pinto General Hospital in Mineral Wells, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

One of the Palo Pinto General patients was later released from the hospital. The other was transferred to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and was released Saturday afternoon, DPS spokesman Richard Hunter said.

Three people remained hospitalized at JPS and one at Texas Health Fort Worth.

Hunter said the investigation shows that the Mitsubishi crossed the center stripe. Weimer tried to evade the Mitsubishi and drove the church-owned van toward the northbound lane of the highway. Harris corrected her vehicle’s movement and collided with the van in the northbound lane. The collision caused the car to catch fire and the van to roll over.

The occupants of the van included an 11-year-old, a 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds and a 31-year-old.

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770

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