Eight Killed In Two Weekend Accidents Along I-30

Eight people were killed in two separate vehicle accidents within a two mile stretch of Interstate 30 in Sulphur Springs.  Three people in the first collision were killed when the Chevy Blazer they were travelling in blew a rear-tire and rolled over onto the interstate.

Officials identified the victims as 46-year-old Delfino Bautista, his wife 39-year-old Hortencia Bautista and an 11-year-old family member Hilda Martinez Bautista.  Three other children survived the crash with non-life threatening injuries. 

The second collision occurred while traffic diverted from the first collision was at a stop. A semi-truck rear-ended a car killing the truck driver and 4 people inside the car.

33-year old Matthew Ringler, a member of the Grapevine Fire Department, and his son, Chance, were killed.  Also killed were 37-year-old DPS Trooper Stanley Wayne Avery and his 11-year-old son, Jacob. Some of Avery's co-workers were called to respond to the scene. His death has been difficult for the DPS.

"It is a family," said Trooper Jean Steely. "When one of your own is hurt or killed it affects all of the members of the family."

Flags flew at half staff in front of the Sulphur Springs Department of Public Safety. Troopers also wore black sashes over the badges in honor of trooper Avery.

Part of I-30 was closed down Monday while investigators reconstructed the accident scene. Those lanes were later reopened.

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com