Multi-vehicle crash takes lives and injures others

Multi-vehicle crash takes lives and injures others

A tragic multi-vehicle crash occurred on FM 787 in Hardin County near Saratoga in the evening of Sunday, Sept. 9 resulting in three deaths and three with serious injuries. 

According to a press release from the Department of Public Safety, preliminary reports indicate that a 2015 Nissan Rogue was traveling westbound on FM 787 followed by a 2003 Chrysler van.  The driver of the Nissan stopped to make a left turn onto Hunter Road.  The Chrysler van stopped behind the Nissan.  As both vehicles were stopped, the Chrysler van was rear-ended by a 2013 Chrysler 200 passenger vehicle.  The impact of the collision pushed the van into the Nissan and caused the Chrysler 200 to spin into the eastbound traffic lanes.  A 2003 Ford then struck the Chrysler 200.

The driver of the Chrysler, 18-year-old Caringtin Mosley of Batson, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Jackie Werner at the scene.  Her passengers, 18-year-old Garrett Saulters of Votaw and 18-year-old Alix Neel of Batson, were both pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Jackie Werner.  

The fourth occupant of the Chrysler 200, 17-year-old Jaron Benavides of Kountze, was transported by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Chrysler van, 71-year-old Kenneth Mathews of Beaumont, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.The driver of the Ford, Arthur McMahon, 75, of Thicket, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Nissan, 74-year-old Margaret McAdams of Saratoga, was not injured.

This remains an ongoing crash investigation as troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to this fatal crash. 

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