Three dead in chain-reaction crash near Whitesboro
GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas (KTEN) -- A six-vehicle crash on State Highway 56 near Whitesboro Monday afternoon left a Celina police detective, his daughter, and one other person dead.
Five vehicles were behind a stopped school bus when a garbage truck slammed into the car at the back of the line.
All of the vehicles were headed eastbound on the highway near the intersection of Old Sanborn Ranch Road between Whitesboro and Southmayd.
The Celina Police Department said off-duty Detective K.C. Robinson, 33, and his six-year-old daughter Brynlee did not survive the crash. Robinson's wife remains hospitalized with injuries.
The Celina Police Association is accepting donations to its Officer Down Fund that will go to to the family.
"Every heart in this tight-knit community breaks tonight," Celina Mayor Sean Terry said in a written statement on Monday evening. "Detective Robinson served our city as passionately as he loved his family, and we will deeply miss his presence on our streets and in our lives."
Brynlee was a kindergarten student in the S&S Consolidated Independent School District.
"Our hearts go out to her family, our students, and our staff who have undoubtedly been affected by this tragedy," a written statement from the district said Tuesday morning. "S&S CISD has support staff on campus this morning available to meet with students and teachers as needed and is committed to serving everyone as we cope and deal with the loss of one of our own precious students."
A third person, 60-year old Ruben Ramirez of Denton, was in another vehicle and was seriously injured by the impact. He died later at a local hospital.
Others who were injured in the accident were transported to area hospitals.