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4 children killed as result of crash on U.S. 77 south of Giddings

The crash occurred when a Nissan Pathfinder swerved to avoid a Peterbilt truck that had lost control and then overcorrected, hitting a different Peterbilt truck.

GIDDINGS, Texas — Three children were killed in a crash Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 77, five miles south of Giddings, and another died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The crash occurred around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

A Peterbilt truck towing a Drag Master was driving southbound on U.S. 77 and lost control, traveling into the northbound lanes. A second Peterbilt truck towing a Drag Master was also traveling southbound on U.S. 77.

A Nissan Pathfinder was traveling northbound and moved to the right to avoid hitting the Peterbilt that had lost control. The Pathfinder traveled off the roadway for a short distance before overcorrecting to the left, traveling across all northbound lanes into the southbound lane and hitting the second Peterbilt truck.


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The Pathfinder had six occupants, the driver and five children, two of whom were ejected from the vehicle. The driver, 26-year-old Chelsea Dawn Frances Olsen, was transported to Dell Seton in critical condition.

Passenger Lilian Castro, 13, was transported to Dell Children's, where she later died at 10:30 p.m. Passenger Lilian Sue Wright, 6, was transported to Dell Children's in an unknown condition.

The other three passengers – three-year-old Daniella Castro; two-year-old Sebain Castro; and seven-year-old Trenton Ryan Wright – all died at the scene and were transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.

Credit: Giddings Times & News
Photo by Giddings Times & News.

Neither of the Peterbilt trucks' drivers were injured. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the road was wet at the time of the crash.

The crash is still under investigation. No other information is available at this time.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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