Witnesses provide aid in Jacksonville wreck

Witnesses provide aid in Jacksonville wreck

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - We've learned new details about the devastating wreck that killed four people and sent four others to the hospital.

The wreck happened Sunday afternoon on Highway 79 and County Road 3209 outside Jacksonville.

In the moments immediately after the collision, several people stopped to try to help the victims. Two of those people were Eben and Nikki Riggs.

Eben said he and his wife, Nikki, were headed home to Waco when they saw the accident happen in their rear view mirror.

"It looked like they had hit the edge of the road and over corrected to get back on the road. I don't know if they were serving to get back on the road, but they turned hard and were nearly sideways when they collided with the truck," Eben said.

Eben said he immediately drove back to the accident to try and help while Nikki called 911.

"The exterior of the vehicle was on fire and the interior lining, and the ceiling was on fire. The seats were smoking, the doors were pretty well bashed in," Eben said.

"I was a little scared to go near it but... the poor girls in the back seat, you know, I don't know how I could live with myself if I didn't try," he said.

Eben and others tried to pull the passengers from the SUV but it was hot and they could not pry the doors open.

"I think that was probably the hardest part about the SUV being on fire was the fact that knowing those are somebody's babies and there isn't anything that we can do to help them," Nikki said.

"Somebody yelled at me to help the people in the truck so I ran over to the far side, the passenger side of the truck, and grabbed the little girl. I think she was probably three.. I put her down in the ditch and tried to get her to sit," Eben said.

Eben then pulled another girl from the truck before getting the woman in the passenger seat out.

Meanwhile, Nikki and others tended to the children from the truck.

"We were able to provide first aid to them and stop bleeding lacerations," Nikki said.

Those three children survived and were flown to a Dallas hospital to be checked out.

The woman in the passenger seat of the truck did not survive, nor did the woman and two girls in the SUV. The driver of the truck is currently at ETMC and is in fair condition.

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