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Trooper: It's a miracle everyone survived

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UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – One DPS Trooper is saying it's a miracle everyone survived a Tuesday morning crash involving an 18-wheeler and a car full of children.

The accident involving 3 children and 2 adults happened at the intersection of FM 726 and FM 1650, just east of Gilmer.

It's an accident witnesses describe as a miracle.

One Good Samaritan was quick to jump into action, "The car was on fire and as a commercial vehicle we carry fire extinguishers and flares in the truck and we ran a grabbed our fire extinguishers out of the truck and extinguished the fire on the car," said Perry Stark.

"The fact that there were individuals out here with fire extinguishers in their vehicle kept that alive today," said Trooper Roy Tower, Upshur County DPS

The driver of the car, Analisse Macias, was traveling with three children she was babysitting.

Officials say somehow, the car hit the 18-wheeler's front tire.

"A car is not a match for a truck… it's no match," said Stark

That's when the truck jackknifed, and the car spun out and caught on fire. Witnesses were able to put out the fire and remove all three children safely.

But both drivers in the vehicle were pinned-in.

"The young lady was trapped and couldn't get out without the Jaws of Life," says Stark.

The driver of the truck, Alvi Holley, was trapped inside for nearly three hours, but walked away with bumps and bruises.

"The good Lord up above was looking out after this man," Stark says.

"Thank God for seatbelts, airbags, and fire extinguishers," said Trooper Tower.

Troopers say they will continue in their investigation to find out what happened. But, it's possible from a statement they received from Analisse, that the sun may have blinded her, leading to the wreck.

Both the truck driver, and the babysitter were flown to a hospital in Tyler.

Officials say the children were not injured, but were taken to a Longview hospital as a precaution.

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