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UPDATE: Child victims in Clifton crash identified

CLIFTON, TX - The two girls killed in the head-on crash in Clifton, and a third girl who died at the hospital, have been identified.

The girls have been identified as 13-year-old Rachel Hallmark, nine-year-old Brianna Hallmark and eight-year-old Jalyn Murphree. All three were from Clifton.

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Texas Troopers released new information Monday afternoon about a head-on crash that killed five people.

Investigators say a 1999 Nissan passenger van was driving on HWY 6 south of Clifton, when the driver, 48-year-old Janith Murphree, decided to make a U-turn.

That caused the van to slam into a 2014 Ford truck.

The crash killed Murphree, 66-year-old passenger Lavira Hallmark, and two juvenile passengers in the van at the scene.

A third child riding in the van died at the hospital.

The ages of the children were 8, 9, and 13. The girls attended Valley Mills ISD schools. Two were sisters. All of the people in the van were related. 

The driver of the truck went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash closed down HWY 6 from about 7:40 a.m. to noon on Monday.

Right now there are no charges being filed.

Superintendent Mike Kelly sent a note to parents and posted about the tragedy on social media. 


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