According to the Mineral Wells Index –five children were injured, none believed seriously, in a three-vehicle wreck late Monday morning on Interstate 20.
The wreck occurred about 11 a.m. on I-20 in the westbound lanes about one mile east of U.S. Highway 281 South when a 2012 Ford pickup struck the rear of a 2010 Chevrolet passenger van, which then hit a 2016 GMC Acadia.
The van and Acadia were transporting 18 children, between the ages of 6 and 10, from Sunshine Station, a day care and child development learning center in Weatherford, to a water park in Stephenville.
The driver of the Ford truck, Derek Dillman, 35, was headed to a job in Midland and was behind the passenger van when he said traffic suddenly slowed. He said he saw a sign flashing an arrow as a caution for traffic to move over.
“I think it must have been a moving convoy,” Dillman said of what he believed caused traffic in his lane to suddenly slow.
A Department of Public Safety report stated Dillman was cited for failing to control speed.
The Ford truck had a large brush and protective guard on front. The impact knocked in the two rear doors of the passenger van, which was carrying 12 of the 18 children, with the other six in the Acadia. Sunshine Station owner Rushawanna Harvey, 33, was driving the Acadia and Monika Scherer, 29, was driving the passenger van, according to DPS.
The wreck received a large response from both law enforcement and emergency service personnel including Santo EMS, Gordon VFD and Parker County EMS.
The five injured children were taken to Weatherford Regional Medical Center. Their conditions were not available. None of the three drivers involved were injured.
The children not injured were led to the top of an embankment above the wreck scene and given water while rescue personnel talked to each to one to make sure they were OK. Several vans, including one from First Baptist Church of Millsap, arrived to let the children sit inside and cool off as temperatures were already in the low 90s under a hot sun.