An adult and two children were killed in a car accident that forced the closure of both northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 78, a few miles south of State Highway 205 near Wylie, Texas. According to officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the car crash happened at around 2:15 p.m. of March 31st, just south of Lavon.

Police identified the adult fatality as Peter Hacking, a volunteer firefighter captain from Nevada, Texas. Hacking was named his department’s volunteer firefighter of the year in 2015. He was killed in the crash together with his two children. DPS officials say the accident was triggered by a van carrying two passengers heading south on Highway 78, when it suddenly lost control and careened towards opposite traffic.

The van crashed into the car carrying Hacking and his kids, killing all three passengers. The driver and passengers of the van sustained serious injuries and were immediately brought to the hospital for treatment. Normal flow of traffic resumed at around 9:00 p.m. that same day. Responders were quick to arrive on the scene. According to Trooper Kyle Bradford, incidents like these have a way of bringing the community together.

Indeed, he said, everyone around Lavon, from law enforcement, to fire department officials came out to help. Accidents like these, where a car accident results in wrongful death, highlights the need to get a reliable car accident attorney in San Antonio, who can help you get the compensation you deserve to cover damages and trauma.