VAN ZANDT COUNTY — An afternoon crash yesterday left five children dead and another three injured in Van Zandt County near the city of Canton. The crash occurred at approximately 2:15 p.m. when the 2003 GMC Envoy the children were riding in had a rear tire blow out on westbound IH-20.
The driver then lost control of the vehicle and ran off the north side of the interstate. The Envoy rolled several times, ejecting ten of the unrestrained occupants, before coming to rest on its top in the grass area between the interstate and the service road.
Dead on the scene were three girls: 13-year-old Rosvaelia Jaimes, 2-year-old Urit Jaimes and 6-year-old Saideth Acuna. Three children were flown to area hospitals. A boy, 7-year-old Omar Jaimes, was pronounced dead a short time later at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Another girl, 3-year-old Ulisa Acuna, was pronounced dead at Renaissance Hospital in Terrell. The third child remains in critical condition at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
Two additional children who were transported by ambulance to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas have been treated and released.
Two women passengers, 34-year-old Estela Torres and 33-year-old Elida Jaimes, were taken by ambulance to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where they were last listed in critical condition.
A 15-year-old girl, one of the only seat belted occupants in the vehicle, was treated and released from East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. The driver, 36-year-old Federico Esquivel Acuna, was seat belted and was uninjured.
There an ongoing investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.