UPDATE: Channel 3 has confirmed that one of the victims, Clara Arroyo was a freshman at Southeast Whitfield High School.

"Any loss of life is a tragedy,"  Eric Beavers, Communications Specialist with Whitfield County Schools, said. "Our counselors and crisis team are ready to support students struggling with this loss."

Students are on break, and will return to school on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2018.


PREVIOUS STORY: (KRIS) The identities of five people killed in a traffic accident near Sinton, TX Tuesday morning have been released. 

According to the Texas Highway Patrol, Clara Arroyo, 16, Paula Avila-Lopez, 67, Victoria Castillo, 64, Trinidad Guerrero-Cardenas, 49, and Jorge Nunez, 50, all from Dalton, Georgia, were killed when the vehicle they were in ran off an overpass on Highway 77, approximately two miles north of Sinton, and burst into flames. All were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Highway Patrol says four other passengers in the vehicle were transported to Northshore Hospital in Portland, TX with non-life threatening injuries. 

Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers are investigating the cause of the accident. 


PREVIOUS STORY: SINTON, TX (AP) - Authorities say five members of a family have died when their SUV went off a South Texas overpass and plunged to the roadway below.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley says the driver of a Chevy Suburban may have fallen asleep early Tuesday while traveling from Georgia to Mexico.

He says nine people were in the SUV and DPS was notified of the wreck about 3:30 a.m.

The Suburban, which was towing a trailer, caught fire when it fell from the overpass north of Sinton. Five of the occupants died at the scene.

The four others were taken to a hospital in Portland, just northeast of Corpus Christi, with what Brandley described as non life-threatening injuries.

No other details were immediately available as the investigation continues.

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