TYLER, Texas — Authorities say five children were killed Monday when a SUV carrying 12 passengers to a water park crashed on Interstate 20 in Texas.
The tragic accident, which occurred around 2:15 pm near Van, about 70 miles east of Dallas, was caused by a tire blowout, according to Department of Public Safety trooper Jean Dark.
Dark said Tuesday that the driver, identified as Federico Acuna, lost control of the GMC Envoy, which rolled several times before stopping on its top. The SUV did not have child safety seats and nine of the children were ejected from the vehicle, Dark added.
CNN reports that while no charges have been filed against Acuna, who was wearing his seat belt and wasn’t injured, there is the potential for five charges of criminally negligent homicide.
DPS identified the children who died as Rosvaelia Jaimes, 13, Omar Jaimes, 7, Saideth Acuna, 6, Ulisa Acuna, 3, and Judith Jaimes, 2.
Five other children and two adults were taken to hospitals in Tyler and Dallas, Dark said. Their identities were not immediately released.
“We don’t have any information as to the identification of all the children in the vehicle because of a language barrier between the driver and passenger of the vehicle and our officer. So we’re continuing to work on that,” a DPS spokesman said.
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