ORANGEFIELD — Three high school students died early Sunday morning following a two car collision.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed Jacob Bates, Darrick Brantley and Grey Smith died following a vehicle collision at approximately 3 a.m., Sunday, on State Highway 62, near HooHoo Road, which is located south of FM 105 in Orange County. All three were juniors at Orangefield High School.
Reports indicate Smith, 17, was driving south on State Highway 62 when his vehicle crossed the center lane of traffic and struck another vehicle, which was headed north on State Highway 62 and driven by Clinton Lloyd.
None of the teenagers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision, according to DPS.
It was reported late Sunday a community memorial will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Orangefield High School gym to honor the three students.
Lloyd, 30, the driver of the other vehicle, suffered a broken leg as a result of the collision. Lloyd also had a passenger in his vehicle, his 3-year-old son, who was restrained a protective child seat. The young boy was not injured.
Philip Welch, superintendent of the Orangefield Independent School District, will meet with Orangefield High School staff at 5 p.m., today (Sunday) to discuss how the district and campus will handle the matter.
"I've already spoken with Mike King, the superintendent at Bridge City (ISD) and other superintendents, and they are going to send counselors over to our campus tomorrow (Monday) for the students," Welch said. "We'll also have clergy there to meet with students as well."
This is the second tragic incident to strike the Orangefield ISD community in 2011.
In February, Orangefield Junior High teacher Staci Lisenby was found shot in the back of the head in the family’s home on Oilla Road in Orangefield.
Sunday's early morning fatal wreck also comes a day after the one year anniversary of the death of West Orange-Stark student and athlete, Reggie Garrett Jr.
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