Four Killed in Collin County Crash


Four people were killed and 11 injured in a multi-vehicle crash in rural Collin County, authorities said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating and said the deadly chain-reaction crash was set off when a Pontiac Grand Prix that was heading north on the highway slowed for an unknown reason. Two of them died at the scene, and the other two were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. That vehicle then was thrown into the Southbound lanes and caused additional crashes.

Highway 121, near the unincorporated community of Westminster, about 30 miles northwest of Plano, was closed throughout the evening yesterday as state troopers cleared the scene and gathered information.

A Subaru traveling south, also hit by the Grand Prix as it spun in the roadway, went into a nearby ditch and rolled on its side.

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DPS said there were four people inside the Pontiac.

The three people in the Dodge pickup, Anne Spann, 45, Christopher Spann, 42, and Christopher Spann, Jr., 14, of Bailey, Texas, were taken to Medical Center McKinney with non-life-threatening injuries. Two of them died at the scene and two others were sent to the hospital with serious injuries.

Of the nine people hurt two were immediately taken to Medical City Plano and one was admitted. "We want to make sure we do a complete and thorough job with the investigation and again there's a lot of parts to it", Lt. Haschel.

The ages of the people involved are not being released.