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5 Texas Teens Dies When Truck Flips

January 3, 2000

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Five teen-age boys in the cab of a pickup truck died when the driver lost control trying to merge onto a busy interstate Sunday and hit another truck head-on.

The crash happened about 1 p.m. on Interstate 30 on the west side of Fort Worth, said Fort Worth Police Department Lt. Ric Clark.

``It crossed the median and then started flipping in the air, side over side,″ Clark said. ``It crashed into a green Chevy truck going east on I-30 in the right-hand lane. Both vehicles were completely totaled. It was massive damage.″

All five were pronounced dead at the scene. One had been thrown from the vehicle.

The driver of the other truck was hospitalized in serious condition.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as Hank Gorman, 20; Edward Jennings, 18; John McDonald, 16; James McDonald, 15; and Martin McDonald, whose age is unknown. Police said they didn’t know how the McDonalds were related to each other, but said all five lived in the Fort Worth area.

Removal of bodies and debris from the crash kept the eastbound lanes of I-30 closed for nearly five hours.

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