Multi-Car Crash Kills Three In Tyler

A day reserved for holiday shopping turned deadly with an elderly Tyler man driving out of control on Loop 323. Police say 75-year-old Billy Joe Hall, driving a maroon Cadillac, hit two cars at McDonald road. He hit two more cars at Fifth street, then five cars at Highway 31, all at speeds witnesses say, reached 100 miles per hour. A Tyler Police Officer saw the second set of impacts at Fifth street and tried to follow the Cadillac. Police say there was no chase. The officer came upon the Cadillac after it ran a red light at Highway 31 and the loop, causing a major crash. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, 85-year-old Genevieve Hall, a passenger in his car, later died in surgery at East Texas Medical Center. A red Mazda he struck in the Highway 31 intersection was completely ripped apart. Eight-month old Jalena Willis of Tyler, was thrown from the vehicle, still in her car seat. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Two people are in critical condition at ETMC. Two more people were taken to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. One is in good condition; the other was treated and released. Tyler Police Officer Chris Moore calls this one of the worst accidents he has ever seen in the city. The bodies have been sent for autopsies in an effort to find out exactly what happened.

Kevin Berns, reporting.