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2 young sisters killed in early morning crash on I-20

The Lindley Family

It has been a devastating day for many people in the Big Country after two young sisters were killed in a crash on I-20 Friday morning.

"What I know is we have two dead daughters, 11 and 14. We are in the process of making appropriate death notifications," said Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge.

An emotional Standridge addressed the community this morning at a press conference about the deadly accident, which happened a result of the effects of multiple separate accidents that occurred earlier Friday morning on I-20.

The Abilene Police Department says that the rear axle of a utility vehicle broke off, causing the vehicle to flip over and litter a trail of debris all over the highway.

In order to avoid the violent and messy wreck, traffic on I-20 began to merge into a single lane.

At some point, a tractor-trailer that was carrying steel I-beams came to a complete standstill, which caused a mother traveling with her two young daughters in the back of her vehicle to swerve in order to avoid hitting the big rig.

The woman was able to successfully get to the left of the tractor-trailer, but tragically, her vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup, which crumpled the back of her vehicle and killed her two young daughters.

"(it) strikes the black minivan (or) SUV, I'm not sure, in the rear of the vehicle and just crunches the entire back portion of that vehicle, where both of those kiddos were," Standridge said.

Scott Beard, the senior pastor for the FountainGate Fellowship Church, said that the local community needs to come together and pray for both the city of Abilene and the family members of the crash's victims.

"And certainly, we are going to focus even more in terms of praying for I-20, we just see way too many accidents on I-20," said Beard.

Last year on the stretch of I-20 located between Callahan County and Nolan County, there were six fatalities caused by car crashes.

Friday morning's accident reminded Standridge of the deadly accident that happened on I-20 in August 2017 that took the life of Abilene Police Department Detective Elise Ybarra.

Standridge is strongly urging drivers in the Big Country to drive without being even the slightest bit distracted.

"On this stretch of roadway on the interstate, would you please do nothing else but drive," Standridge said.

Update:

A GoFundMe page has been created in order to help the family during this tragic time.

The funds will go towards funeral arrangements, as well as medical expenses for their mother, Jessi, who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

In addition, a "Take Them a Meal" page was also created to support the family in their time of need.

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