ANDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Three East Texas school districts are devastated after a deadly weekend accident. DPS troopers say three teenagers died and three were injured when their vehicle hit a tree on the intersection of County Road 133 and Highway 294 in Anderson County. The teens were reportedly on the way back from the football game between Buffalo and Elkhart. At school Monday, students talked about the three lives taken from them.
It was Homecoming Week and Pajama Day at Elkhart High School, but spirits were low.
"It's pretty sad and depressing," said Bayleigh Kaspar, 15.
"I've known these children since they were in kindergarten, so it's a little hard on me, too," said Mike Moon, Elkhart ISD Superintendent.
Students crowded around a make-shift memorial for one of their own: 15-year-old Sadie Warren. Heart-felt hugs and homemade shirts helped close friends remember better times.
"I saw her when she got in the car and she said bye to me and that she loved me," said Bayleigh.
"Sadie was a beautiful girl," said Nancy Jones, Sadie Warren's mother. "She loved everybody."
It was an unexpected and appreciated memorial for Sadie's parents.
"It was an accident," said Leonard Jones, Sadie's step-dad. "You know it can happen, but you know it's not going to happen to you."
Pieces of the small two door coupe were still scattered along the highway, Monday morning. Love-bugs crawled all over the area, expressions of love, flowers, stuffed animals and crosses placed around the accident sight.
"When you have two students in a school district our size that are killed in an accident, that's a major impact," said Palestine Superintendent Dr. Thomas Wallis, who described 15-year-olds Kelsi Seal and Evan Luna as being two exceptional students.
"If you had a football team full of Evan Luna's then we would be well-off," he said. "[Kelsi was] just absolutely was a joy."
Wallis says counselors and ministers are on campus at Palestine High. Two other Palestine students survived the accident, including the driver.
"To live your life from now on with that is just a feeling," said Dr. Thomas Wallis. "We just pray for that family...of that young man."
Three young lives now gone, fortunately, three young lives to live on.
Authorities and witness report the students were thrown, ejected from the car. It's reported they were not wearing seatbelts. We're told the 16-year-old driver, Brandon Love and a Landmark Academy student have been released from the hospital. One student, 15-year-old Christa Denman is recovering at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.