Multiple fatalities reported in Sunday evening crash

Major collision took place on Folsom Chapel Road (FM 2026)

UPDATED WITH information from continuing DPS Investigation:

As a result of the ongoing investigation of a Sunday, Aug. 16 collision, investigators have determined
that at the time of the crash, the 2010 Toyota was traveling east in the
westbound lane of FM 2026.

The driver of the 2019 GMC was traveling
west and reportedly took evasive action to the left to avoid a collision.
The driver of the Toyota also took evasive action and drove into the
eastbound lane, where the two vehicles struck head-on.

The identity of the 10-year-old female passenger in the Toyota has been
clarified; she is identified as Victoria Hogan.
No additional information is available.

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FROM EARLIER RELEASED INFORMATION

SHELBY COUNTY – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are
investigating a two-vehicle crash yesterday afternoon on FM 2026, about two
miles from Center; resulting in multiple fatalities.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:40 p.m., a 2010
Toyota pickup was traveling west. A 2019 GMC pickup was traveling east. For
unknown reasons the driver of the Toyota crossed over into the eastbound lane and
struck the GMC head-on.
The driver of the Toyota is identified as Michael Masterson, 30, from Center.
Michael Masterson was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport for
treatment.
Three child passengers traveling with Masterson were pronounced deceased at the
scene and are identified as:
Tora Masterson (10)
Ella Masterson (4)
Mason Masterson (2)
The driver of the 2019 GMC is identified as Mackenzie Parks, 15, from Tenaha.
She was transported to LSU Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.

Two passengers traveling with Mackenzie Parks are identified as Sandra Parks, 61,
and Mason Parks, 15. Sandra Parks was pronounced deceased at the scene. Mason
Parks was transported to LSU Medical Center for treatment.
This crash remains under investigation. Additional information is not available at
this time.

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Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers are investigating a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on FM 2026, about two miles from Center; resulting in multiple fatalities.

Five people, including three young children, a teenager and an adult, were all killed in the wreck, DPS said. Four of the victims died at the scene, officials said, while a fifth victim died at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.

Dead were:

• Tora Masterson (10), of Center

• Ella Masterson (4), of Center

• Mason Masterson (2), of Center

• Mackenzie Parks, (15), from Tenaha and a Timpson High School student

• Sandra Parks, (61) of Tenaha

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:40 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, a 2010 Toyota pickup was traveling west on FM 2026, also known as Folsom Chapel Road. A 2019 GMC pickup was traveling east.

For unknown reasons the driver of the Toyota crossed over into the eastbound lane and struck the GMC head-on.

The driver of the Toyota is identified as Michael Masterson, 30, from Center. Michael Masterson was transported via helicopter to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport for treatment.

Three child passengers traveling with Masterson were pronounced deceased at the scene and are identified as: Tora Masterson (10); Ella Masterson (4); and Mason Masterson (2).

The driver of the 2019 GMC is identified as Mackenzie Parks, 15, from Tenaha. She was transported by helicopter to LSU Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased. Two passengers traveling with Mackenzie Parks are identified as Sandra Parks, 61, and Mason Parks, 15. Sandra Parks was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Mason Parks was transported to LSU Medical Center for treatment. This crash remains under investigation.

DPS, Center Fire Department, Center Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Game Warden, Allegiance EMS and wreckers were all on scene.

FM 2026 was blocked in both directions for a considerable time as first responders worked the scene of the two vehicle wreck.

A social media post from the Timpson High School Band indicated Mackenzie Parks was a twirler and flute player in the Bear Band. The following is from the post:

“With heavy hearts, we share in the loss of Mackenzie Parks and her grandmother Sandy Parks. Mackenzie was a twirler/flute player in the band and Mrs. Parks was a member of the booster organization.

“We are all here to assist you in this difficult time.

“Directors are at the band hall and/or you may also email, send a Remind, message the band’s FB page, or call (9365584202-Mrs. Metcalf, 9365584209-Mr. Johnson, 9365584304-Mr.Trammell).

“Our prayers are with all families/friends involved and with each and every one of you.”

 

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