Five teens died in a crash with a tanker truck in Texas Sunday. According to a March 12 top news report from Fox, a teenage driver allegedly ran through a stop sign, which led to the fatal vehicular accident in Dumas.
Police say 16-year-old Jacob Paul Stipe was driving a Chevrolet SUV on a country road about 45 miles north of Amarillo and ran through a stop sign without stopping. Seconds later in the middle of the intersection, the driver of a fuel tanker truck slammed into the passenger side.
All five teens died in the crash and the tanker driver was seriously injured. In this photo are the charred remains from the fiery crash, as both vehicles went up in flames.
Dr. David Bonner, the mayor pro tem of Dumas, said this about the Texas crash: "It's had a big effect on the whole area, and I think it always seems more tragic when you have a loss of life when people are so young."
Incidentally, just a few hours earlier and about 1,400 miles away, six teenagers were killed in a fatal crash in Ohio. In that single vehicle crash, none of the occupants were wearing a seat belt when the driver lost control.
Police investigators say the vehicle, which is only manufactured to seat five, was reported stolen.
In the Dumas crash, all the deceased were friends. Of the five teens that died in the crash, two of the passengers were sisters.