Two killed, child and adult hurt in crash south of Pineland

Emergency responders at the scene of an accident on Highway 96 just south of Pineland on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Pennie Ferguson of

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigated this afternoon a two vehicle crash on US 96 about one mile north of Devils Creek that resulted in two fatalities.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates the driver of a 2006 Chevrolet SUV was traveling north on US 96 at approximately 4:45 p.m. Investigators believe the SUV hydroplaned and crossed over into the southbound lane and struck a 2017 Ford pickup head-on.

The driver and passenger in the SUV both died at the scene of the crash. The driver is identified as Scott Morris, 51, from Mittie, Louisiana. The passenger is identified as Kandy Nichols, 45, also from Mittie, Louisiana. A five year-old child in the SUV was also injured in the crash and transported to a Jasper Hospital for treatment. The driver of the pick-up is identified as Sammy Jones, 52, from Wiergate, TX. Jones was also transported to a Jasper hospital with unknown injuries.

This crash remains under investigation.

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