Grandmother and 2 grandkids killed in Cooke County accident

By: News 12 Email
By: News 12 Email

COOKE COUNTY, TX -- Three people are dead, including two children, after a two-vehicle crash in Cooke County Sunday afternoon.

The accident happened around 3 p.m. just south of Era, Texas.

Texas DPS says 51-year-old Thomas Black, of Springtown, was driving an SUV north on FM 51 when he fell asleep and drifted into the oncoming lane. Troopers say he hit a black car driven by 45-year-old James Burkhart, of Weatherford, head on. Authorities say 43-year-old Atojan Burkhart and the couple's grandchildren were also in that car. Troopers say Atojan and her 3-year-old grandchild were pronounced dead at the scene and the other child, a 6-year-old, died at Cooks Children's Medical Center.

DPS says Black was treated and released at North Texas Medical Center.

The accident is under investigation.

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