A fatal collision in East Texas leaves four people dead and five others injured. It happened Sunday afternoon, just north of Lone Star in Morris County on FM 3421.
DPS officials said a Ford Explorer was travelling east on FM 3421 when the vehicle swerved into west bound traffic, slamming head-on into a Cheverolet pick-up.
The Explorer burst into flames. The driver of the vehicle, 19-year old Andrea Patterson of Hughes Springs was killed, along with her 5-year-old daughter, Emagune.
Another passenger in that vehicle, 24-year-old Amanda Sullivan of Longview also died.
The driver of the pick-up, 36-year-old Francisco Trejo of Houston, died at the scene.
Five passengers in that vehicle from Highland, Texas were taken to hospitals.
Monday afternoon, 35-year-old Laura Coronilla was listed in critical condition at Good Shepard Medical Center in Longview. Also at Good shepard 36-year-old Serafin Coronilla listed in fair condition.
One-year-old Ariana Coronilla and 3-year-old Eric Coronilla were taken to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.
DPS officials said at last report they are both in good condition. Six-year-old Karen Coronilla was also taken to Good Shepard, her condition was uknown.
Monday afternoon friends of the East Texas victims gathered near Andrea Patterson's apartment.
Many were still wrestling with the loss of so many lives. "What can you do?" said Lori Sharpe, a friend. "Your best friend, somebody that's like your sister, your heart. I mean they take one of your best friends but then they take two of your best friends and a child that you feel that's basically yours? Whatever can you do but fall to the floor."
John Younger was also a friend of the victims. "Andrea was the type of person, she was an angel within herself. If she had it you had it and she will be missed greatly."
When asked about Andrea's daughter Emagune, younger said her life was taken too soon. "She was a angel too," said Younger. "Her name Emagune, the miracle, speaks for itself. DPS officials said an investigation as to why the Ford Explorer swerved into oncoming traffic is underway. Autopsies were ordered on the bodies of all the victims in that vehicle.
Maya Golden reporting, email@example.com