Highway 6 wreck

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are investigating a fatal two-car crash that killed three occupants of a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta along State Highway 6, outside of Valley Mills, on Thursday night.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

Three people were killed in a head-on collision on State Highway 6 outside Valley Mills late Thursday evening, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. D.L. Wilson said Friday.

Troopers were called to the two-vehicle crash, about 3.5 miles north of Valley Mills, at about 7:20 p.m. The driver of a 2004 Chevy Suburban, Christopher Lee Berry, 32, of Clifton, was headed north and crossed into a no-passing zone while trying to pass two other northbound vehicles, Wilson said.

As Berry was attempting to pass the other cars, a southbund 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Diego Heredia, 20, of Valley Mills, was approaching and steered onto the shoulder in an attempt to avoid the crash, Wilson said. The Suburban and Jetta collided head-on, killing Heredia and his two passengers, Taylor Bradley, 19, and Griffin Anderson, 17, both of Clifton.

Berry was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center with serious injuries, Wilson said. He remained in serious condition Friday morning.

The investigation remains ongoing, Wilson said. No additional information was available Friday.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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