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6/13/04-Hopkins County

8 Killed, 2 Injured In Accidents On I-30

Eight people are dead and two people were hospitalized following two accidents on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs. 

The first accident happened around 7 p.m., at mile marker 129, that's just East of the city limits. Authorities say three adults and two children were in a car headed eastbound when the car they were riding in blew a tire. The blowout caused the car to flip, killing 46-year old Delfino Batista, 39-year old Hortensia Batista, and their teenage daughter, whose name is not yet available.

The two children were taken to Parkland  hospital in Dallas. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The accident caused both sides of Interstate 30 to be closed from mile marker 125 to mile marker 132.

After the lanes were closed, at around 9:00 p.m., five people were killed when a car was struck by an 18-Wheeler.

The occupants of the car, off-duty DPS trooper Stan Avery, his son Jack, Sulphur Springs resident Matthew Ringler, and his son Chance, were pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, 56-year old William Ledford was transferred to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Both wrecks are currently under investigation.

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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