August 21st, 2012
12:51 PM ET

Packed SUV flips, killing 5 children on way to Texas water park

Five children, ages 2 to 13, died when an SUV they were riding in blew a tire and crashed on a Texas highway, police said.

A dozen people were packed into the 2003 GMC Envoy on Monday, on the way to a family outing at Splash Kingdom water park in Canton, Texas, according to Trooper Jean Dark of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Driver Federico Acuna lost control when the right rear tire exploded on Interstate 20 just outside Canton in Van Zandt County on Monday afternoon, Dark said. Acuna apparently overcorrected and the vehicle flipped, she said.

None of the children who died was wearing a seat belt, Dark said.

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  1. saywhat

    I agree that erosion in traditional values though not necessarily the 'paddle' but yes discipline, has a lot to do with what ails our society today. I know I'll probably get some flak for saying this.

    August 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree with you, saywhat; there are different ways to discipline a child without the barbaric use of a won't catch me giving you flack because of some sadistic person wants to go all Neidermeyer on a kid.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @Jersey

    A heck of a lot more to do with what ails our kids than your little ankle biting. Greaking little humpy dogs always nipping at my heels. Especiacially when I report stats on HIV and STD. That get's them little humpy dogs biting anything they can get ahold of...misspelled word...asumptions up the wazoo...imputing false motive...wishing were dead...mother aborted, etc. And THAT'S just their public ankle bites. Who knows the humpy part.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jersey

      Huh? what are you talking about? Humpy dogs? What? Jesus, what brought this on? Man, get some help!

      August 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @saywhat. No. It was the paddle. Once you folks changed your mind about paddles, they took Red and Thelma's away. The unruly kids on the bus could then do whatever they wanted, knowing that by the time thelma had reported the abuse, and the report went through the proper channels, by the time the rebelious youth/foolish young man met with parent and teacher, there would be enough he-said she-said to park a truck under. Whereas Red or Thelma would just pull-over and swat yer ass, and it was a done deal. Your parents didn't even have to know unless you kept it up. There was only ONE bully on that bus. And NOT a kid.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Now, even when students hassle the bus monitor, the bus driver just keeps right on driving. If the driver were to pull-over...what then? Students suing the school district for making them late for the gay-het club meeting.
    And so the schoolbus driver just kept driving along as that old lady bus monitor was disrespected caught on camera. Powerless and with zero authority to make any decision whatsoever. Automaton.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jersey

    @Philip, what do you care who what where and when I post? Giving me the third degree for what? Jersey is my nn, for obvious reasons. Get over yourself, and adjust your att itude accordingly. I ask a ?, not asked you to sacrifice a baby goat. Treat everyone thisway? Christ!

    August 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    The fact remains, that before school bus drivers were banned from carrying paddles, our kids were smarter, in better shape, and would have never gotten away with disrepspecting an elderly woman bus monitor. Old Red would of pulled that bus over and saved that woman's honor, paddle in hand.
    And none of this back-and-forth bantering matters anyway. It's a done deal.
    Shock and Awe will clean-up our cities. Gareownteed with Bushobama's reelection come November. (and sorry folks, Obama will maintain sodomy as being too low for the military for another four years) Not bad. Not bad at all. Especially for a man decended from Arab-Arfrican slavemasters. (

    August 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Acourse back then, your avg. American believed that if you stood-up for what was right and got killed, God himself would bring you back to life. Now purty much everyone calls Jesus "buddy", and expects God to remember them no matter what.
    What I'm saying is, is that even if Red and Thelma Garner volunteered to drive school busses in your inner city, and your baggy pants gangsta wannabe be kids or your genuine baggy pant crack showing actual gangsta punk kid pulled his shiv or his gat or his thingy out, they too would have faced Red or Thelma's paddle. If yer little wannabe gangsta puke kid were to kill Red or Thelma for standing-up where parents sit down, no problemo. God. Red and Thelma's future would be secured, and so your tears over strangers would be wasted tears best spent on your own.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RIP Harold W. "Red" Garner

    I see at least one of the regular ankle biters read this true story! That's good enough for me. Many of my stories at tail-ends of blog charts never get read!
    Thank you, o' ankle biting trolls o' mine. I do appreciate it.
    Though I do take issue with your timing.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
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