4 dead, 9 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Hopkins County

A fatal crash in Hopkins County involving five vehicles ended with four dead and nine injured Sunday evening.
Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 7:45 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2022 at 9:45 AM CST

HOPKINS COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A fatal crash in Hopkins County involving five vehicles ended with four dead and nine injured Sunday evening.

According to a fatality report released by Texas Department of Public Safety, Sulphur Springs authorities responded to a multi-vehicle crash on State Highway 19 at around 5:44 p.m.

According to the report, Gerald Lee Adams, 60, of Paris, was headed north on Highway 19 in a Ford E Series van; he was traveling behind an uninvolved vehicle which used the shoulder to pass two Toyota Avalons that were stopped, waiting to turn left onto CR 4764. Adams failed to control his speed and struck the rear Avalon, pushing it into the southbound lane of Highway 19, where it collided with two other vehicles traveling south, the report states.

Adams’ Ford continued moving forward and also struck the front stopped Avalon, leaving most of the vehicles in the west bar ditch of SH 19 at varying distances from the place of impact, DPS reported.

The DPS statement indicates Adams was not injured and gives the following description of the conditions of those involved.

The Toyota pushed into the southbound lane carried Celestino Reina, 60; Celia Reina, 60; Maria Reina, 22; and Dariul Rodriguez, 7. All were from Sulphur Springs, and all were pronounced dead at the scene.

The first southbound vehicle to collide with the Avalon was a Cadillac Escalade carrying Brian Feiden, 47; Elizabeth Feiden, 51; Randal Adams, 23; Cole Feiden, 17; and Gwenyth Feiden, 23. They were from Whitehouse and Tyler and were all transported to a hospital in Sulphur Springs, where they were determined to have non-incapacitating injuries. Four have been treated and released.

The second southbound vehicle to collide with the Avalon was a Kia Soul carrying Terry Williams, 69, and Debbie Dixson-Williams, 53, of Sulphur Springs and Tyler, respectively. They were transported to a hospital in Sulphur Springs with non-incapacitating injuries.

The front stopped Avalon held Rebecca Goodson, 69, and Joyce Moore, 72, both of Sulphur Springs. They were transported to a hospital in Sulphur Springs where Goodson was determined to have non-incapacitating injuries. Moore’s injuries were more serious, but she is considered stable.