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Mother, 3 daughters and one other killed in I-20 crash

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3-year-old Delaney and 10-month-old Aleah. (Source: WFAA) 3-year-old Delaney and 10-month-old Aleah. (Source: WFAA)
10-month-old Aleah. (Source: WFAA) 10-month-old Aleah. (Source: WFAA)
5-year-old Nevaeh. (Source: WFAA) 5-year-old Nevaeh. (Source: WFAA)

MESQUITE, Texas (AP/KLTV) - Investigators say a fiery wrong-way accident on Interstate 20 near Dallas has killed three children and both drivers.
Mesquite Police say I-20 reopened early Thursday a few hours after a truck going the wrong direction slammed into an SUV.
Mesquite Police Lt. David Gill says the pickup was driven by 27-year-old Krystle Carranza from Lindale.  The woman's three daughters, 10-month old, Aleah, 3-year-old, Delaney and 5-year-old, Nevaeh also died in the wreck.

Joe Carranza, the father of the children, says he was on the phone with his daughter when he heard his wife Krystle yelling, "They are pushing me off the road, they are pushing me off the road."

Mesquite Police say Carranza was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-20, and added that someone was on the phone prior to the crash, but at this time, it's unknown if the phone was still connected at the time of the collision. 

Mesquite Police say they have no evidence at this time of any vehicles pushing them off the road.

Lt. Bill Hedgpeth says the driver of the SUV, a GMC Acadia, is identified as Fred Ulysses Hammett, Jr., 70, of Ramona, CA.

All five victims were dead at the scene.
A Department of Public Safety trooper spotted the pickup going the wrong way and attempted to stop the vehicle just before the accident late Wednesday.

Lindale ISD released the following statement regarding their student's death:

The faculty and staff of the Lindale Independent School district are stunned and greatly saddened by the passing of one our Early Childhood Center students as the result of an automobile accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of all of the victims of this tragic event.

"Our entire campus has been saddened by this news," Early Childhood Center Principal Dana Sustaire said. "So many of our staff members and teachers worked with the family one-on-one and know them well. We met as a campus this morning to discuss our emotions during this difficult time. We will reach out to the family and support them in any way possible."

The last day of classes for the 2011-2012 LISD school year was Wednesday, May 30. No students are at the Early Childhood Center today. Teachers and faculty members are working and counselors are available to assist Early Childhood Center staff members as they cope with a student's death.

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