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Texas Family's Disney World Trip Ends Before It Begins With Fatal Crash

By    |   Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:00 PM

Five members of a Texas family on the road to Disney World were killed this week when their car left the road and flipped over.

Trudi and Michael Hardman, both teachers from Terrell, Texas, were traveling with their six children through Louisiana when the 16-year-old driver may have fallen asleep, Fox 4 reported. Police told the station that the teenager apparently over-corrected when the Chevy Tahoe left the road, and the vehicle rolled.

Six of the eight people in the SUV were not wearing seatbelts, Fox said, and were ejected from the car. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and has minor injuries, as did one other child on the trip. A third child has critical injuries, Fox said. The three children who died were ages 4, 7, and 15.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of the people affected by this tragic crash,” said Col. Mike Edmonson with Louisiana State Police, according to Fox 4. “Crashes like this one don't just affect the people involved. They affect family members, friends, troopers, first responders and the community at large. In an instance this family vacation turned into an unspeakable tragedy. I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a seatbelt anytime you are in a vehicle.”

The Terrell Tribune reported that Michael Hardman was a second-grade teacher and Trudi Hardman was a kindergarten teacher in the local school district.

"Today, our Tiger family grieves the tragic loss of one of our team members, Michael Hardman, who was dedicated to his second grade students at J. F. Kennedy Elementary School," Superintendent Michael French told the Tribune. "His surviving family members, colleagues, students and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. We must lift each other up during this difficult time."

"Please keep the family and their friends in your thoughts and prayers. The impact of the tragedy is far reaching and has affected each campus,” school officials told the Tribune.

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