DPS: 3 dead in crash near Wylie

Three people died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 78 near Wylie on March 31, 2016.
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WYLIE — One adult and two children have died in a crash that has led to the closure of Highway 78 in both directions just south of State Highway 205 near Wylie.

The accident occurred just before 2:15 p.m. south of Lavon near Rettop Road, according to Sgt. Lonny Haschel with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The adult victim was identified as Peter Hacking, who served as a captain with the Nevada, Texas, volunteer fire department. He was named the department's volunteer of the year in 2015.

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Authorities say the driver of a van carrying two passengers was headed southbound on Highway 78 and somehow lost control of the vehicle, which swerved into northbound traffic. The van struck a car, killing all three people inside.

The three occupants of the van were transported to Medical Center of Plano with serious injuries. 

According to Wylie Texas Fire Rescue, the road re-opened in both directions around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

A bank account had been set up for the family to help defer funeral expenses for Hacking.

You can make a donation at any Independent Bank, or directly at the branch in Lavon located at 1009 State Highway 78, Lavon, TX 75166.

Donations can be mailed to:
Independent Bank
PO BOX 399
Lavon, TX 75166

All checks can be made payable to: Peter Hacking Benefit.