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Six Killed in Texas SUV-Truck Crash

June 11, 2002

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MESQUITE, Texas (AP) _ A sport utility vehicle smashed into a flatbed tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder of an interstate Monday, killing a woman and five of her children, authorities said.

The woman’s husband, who was driving the SUV, was seriously hurt; a sixth child was critically injured.

Relatives said the family left a reunion in the southeast Texas city of Beaumont about 2 a.m., fire department spokesman Mark Noble said. The accident occurred about six hours later in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, about 40 miles from their Fort Worth home.

The drivers of two 18-wheelers were looking over one of the trucks carrying roofing materials. The SUV struck the back of the trailer of the second truck.

Both trucks had pulled over about 15 minutes before the wreck and were parked legally, police Sgt. William Artesi said. According to witnesses, the SUV crossed all three lanes of the interstate before it crashed into the truck, he said.

``It was like he didn’t even see the truck parked there. He passed me, I was in the middle lane, then he hit,″ said Jerry Debose, a Frito Lay truck driver who saw the accident. ``It’s something you just don’t want to see.″

Killed were Cheryle Joubert, 35; Krystal, 14; Israel Jr., 13; Timothy, 12; Jordan, 7; and Candace, 5. The driver, Israel Lane Joubert, 35, was in serious condition, Noble said. A sixth child, Aaron, 10, was in critical condition and lost over 90 percent of his liver, he said.

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