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8/10/04-Smith County

Multiple Fatalities On Highway 69

Seven people have been identified after they were killed in an overnight head-on collision of two vans on an East Texas highway.

Three children were injured in the accident on U-S Highway 69 on the northern edge of Bullard -- about 15 miles south of Tyler.

The Texas Department of Public Safety reports a van driven by 79-year-old Virgil Hall of Lindale was going the wrong way on the highway when it hit the other van.

The D-P-S says Hall was killed, as were the driver of the other van, 36-year-old Lorie Fields McClain of Jacksonville, and five of her passengers.

The dead passengers are identified as:

48-year-old David Wayne Barnes and ten-year-old Sandy McClain, both of Jacksonville.

26-year-old Latoshia Ann Barnes, 51-year-old Encarnacion Jimenez (hee-MEH'-nehz) and one-year-old Jayln (JAY'-lihn) Barnes, all of New Summerfield.

Two young children from the McClain van are in critical condition at Children's Medical Center at Dallas. They are three-year-old Joseph Michael Jimenez and four-year-old Jonathan Jordan Jimenez, both of New Summerfield.

A passenger in the Hall van is listed in good condition at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. The D-P-S identifies her as 15-year-old Crystal Barnes of Pittsburg.

Tuesday, DPS Troopers were back on Highway 69 reconstructing the accident.

DPS official said they were marking the road to determine the exact location and speed of the vehicles at the time of the accident.

An on-going investigation as to why Mr. Hall was driving on the wrong side of the road is underway. DPS officials said they hope the surviving passenger, Crystal Barnes, would provide helpful information.

The DPS said and autopsy report was ordered for both Hall and McClain.

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