'When everything collided it was just bad': Wrong-way driver kills 3 in Navarro Co.

3 killed in wrong-way crash in Corsicana

CORSICANA -- Kurt Jackson was driving home from dinner with his family when he saw a wrong-way driver around 9 p.m. Wednesday. 

The Ford Explorer was going southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 45 in Navarro County, just south of Rice.

Jackson said he watched the driver dodge police, who were unable to stop him. 

"Eighteen wheelers were dodging him, cars were dodging him," said Jackson, whose girlfriend took cell phone video in the passenger seat. 

It was just a matter of time before the Ford Explorer crashed head on with a white Nissan Rogue, killing all three people inside, Deniro Orozco-Montes, 35, of Arlington, Priscilla Silva Araujo Valencia, 28, of Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Orlando Orozco, 37, of Miami, Florida. 

The two in the Explorer, Carlos Rangel, 25, and Ricardo Morales, 21, both of Powell, Texas, were airlifted to Dallas hospitals with serious injuries. 

Three other cars were involved. A silver Toyota Avalon rear-ended the Nissan, and two others, a blue Lexus LX470 and a white Toyota Highlander, sustained minor damage trying to avoid the wreckage. 

It happened in a construction zone, where each side of the highway narrows into two lanes. 

"When everything collided it was just bad," said Jackson. "Everything was crinkled up, nothing would open. People running around screaming and hollering."

Jackson and his son ran across the highway to try to help those in the Nissan, but it was too late. 

"You couldn't get none of the doors open, all we could do was bust out windows," said Jackson. 

The Toyota Avalon's driver was taken to a nearby hospital "with possible injuries."

Troopers are still investigating why the driver of the Explorer was going the wrong way on I-45. They expect charges will be filed. 

The names of the victims have not yet been released.

© 2017 WFAA-TV


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