WISE COUNTY — Four people were killed early Saturday morning in a head-on collision on a rural highway in Wise County.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lonny Haschell said the accident happened at 3:15 a.m. on FM 730 about six miles northeast of Decatur when 30-year-old Richard Rand, the driver of a northbound Ford F-350 pickup truck, said he saw a southbound Ford Mustang going the wrong way on the two-lane road.
Both drivers apparently tried to take evasive action, but they collided.
Four passengers in the Mustang were declared dead at the scene. Two of them have been identified:
- Kevin C. Brickey, 19, of Blue Mound
- Vincent G. Williams, 19, of Wakefield, Massachusetts
The driver of that car, 17-year-old Danny R. Nalley of Fort Worth, was airlifted to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for treatment of serious injuries.
The names of two other passengers in the Mustang have been withheld.
Nalley, Brickey and Williams graduated from Saginaw High School this past May.
Investigators said Rand, the driver of the pickup truck, was wearing a seat belt. He suffered internal injuries and was taken to Wise Regional Health System for treatment. He was released later in the day.
"From the best we can tell, everybody was wearing their seat belts, but unfortunately this crash was so horrific... the impact was so great... that the seat belts were not able to save lives in this situation," Trooper Haschell said.
Investigators said Nalley was illegally trying to pass another car at the time of the accident. Other factors — including excessive speed and alcohol use — have not been ruled out.
Officials from Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD are sending intervention counselors to the hospital and they are planning to provide more counseling at some point next week.
"It's going to be terrible on their folks, because all your life you raise your children and think you will outlive them and then all of a sudden you lost them. It's really a shame," said neighbor Mel Holloway.