Erath County, TX — On December 1, 2018, a crash between an SUV and two pickup trucks in Erath County took the lives of two children under the age of five.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said the crash happened on U.S. Highway 281 North near County Road 466, north of the town of Morgan Mill. Investigators say a GMC Acadia SUV driven by 33-year-old Carrie Sackett was northbound on U.S. 281 when she stopped to make a left turn on 466. At that point, a northbound Dodge truck behind the Acadia failed to slow down as the SUV prepared to turn and slammed into it from behind.
The collision pushed the Acadia into the southbound lanes of the roadway. At that point a Chevy truck driven by 17-year-old Braylen Fain, headed south, collided with the SUV on its right passenger side.
Two young girls in the Acadia, one 5 years old and the other 9 months old, were killed in the wreck. Carrie Sackett suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. Fain was also injured and was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Stephenville for treatment. The driver of the Dodge pickup, 33-year-old Alyssa Litwin, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Police say the crash is still under investigation and charges are pending.
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