A mother and her three young daughters died in a fiery head-on crash on I-20 that also killed another driver, police say.
Mesquite police say 27-year-old Krystle Carranza of Lindale was driving the wrong way on the freeway about 11:15 p.m. when she collided with an SUV near FM 740.
Her family says Carranza's daughters were also in her truck: 10-month old Aleah; 3-year-old Delaney; and 5-year-old Nevaeh.
The driver of the other vehicle was identified as 70-year-old Fred Ulysses Hammett, an attorney from San Diego. A friend said he had just arrived in North Texas for his sister's memorial service and was driving a rental car.
A Department of Public Safety trooper witnessed the accident. The trooper saw the pickup pass him, driving west in the eastbound lane, and started to turn around to stop the vehicle.
As soon as the trooper turned around, he saw the four-door truck smashed into a white GMC crossover SUV, and both vehicles burst into flames.
Emergency crews tried to put out the flames with fire extinguishers, but the fire was too strong.
DPS closed all lanes of eastbound I-20 until just before 5 a.m. for investigation.
Troopers are investigating to see if alcohol played a factor in the crash.
Carranza's husband also told police he was talking to her on the phone before the crash, but he said the call dropped.