An employee with Texas Child Protective Services and two foster children died in a crash at around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The wreck happened in Van Zandt County on SH-19, one mile northwest of the city of Edgewood.
The vehicle carrying the group was hit head-on by another vehicle that was passing in the opposite direction, according to the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Connie Wells, 61, a 10-year CPS veteran caseworker, died at the scene along with two of the foster children, 10- and 14-year-old boys.
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Their sister, 12, was flown to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas in critical condition and she remains hospitalized.
“It is difficult to convey our shock and sadness from this terrible tragedy,” DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman said in a statement. “The loss of these young people, coupled with the loss of one of our devoted front-line CPS workers, is almost too much to bear. Our prayers are with all of the affected families.”
According to the Department of Public Safety, The 19-year-old driver of a Dodge Dakota, from Fruitvale, was driving southbound on Highway 19 when he attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone and hit Wells’ Chevy Cruz head-on in the northbound shoulder of the highway.
The teenager driver and his 16 year-old male passenger were taken to Christus Mother Francis Hospital-Tyler with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash is still under investigation.