What to Know
- Four killed in fatal two-car crash north of Springtown.
- Cause of the crash remains under investigation; victims IDs not yet known
- Farm-to-Market Road 51 closed between County Road 3699 and Thomas Road while investigation completed
Four people were killed in a major two-vehicle crash that closed Farm-to-Market Road 51 north of Springtown Tuesday afternoon.
According to Springtown police, at about 12:45 p.m. two pickup trucks collided along the 2900 block of FM 51, about two miles north of the intersection with Texas 199.
Three of the four occupants of the two vehicles were declared dead at the scene. A fourth person, identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office as 84-year-old Milton Wolfe, died after being taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Azle Hospital.
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The identities of the remaining three victims will be released after their families have been notified of their deaths.
During the investigation, police said FM 51 was closed between Thomas Road and CR 3699; drivers are advised to avoid the area.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The fatal crash is the latest in a recent string of multi-fatal, wrong-way collisions that have occurred on undivided two-lane North Texas roadways. Last Tuesday, May 18, two young missionaries serving in North Texas on behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were killed in a head-on crash in Denton. On Sunday, May 23, two children and a young woman were killed in another head-on crash in Denton, this time along U.S. Highway 380.
Springtown police said they are being assisted by a number of law enforcement agencies in the response and investigation including the Texas Department of Public Safety, deputies from the Wise County Sheriff's Office, Wise County EMS, Wise County ESD, Wise County Fire Marshall's Office, Reno Police, Parker County ESD 1 and LifeCare EMS.
Springtown is located about 25 miles northwest of downtown Fort Worth.