Police say Jessica Michelle Thompson, 26, drove westbound on Interstate 70 with her children – five-year-old daughter Leah Michelle and six-year-old son Jaydon. The fatal collision occurred at around 10:49 a.m. when a commercial truck traveling eastbound crossed the center dividing line, crashing head-on with the car.
The collision caused both vehicles to drive off the road and into a ditch near mile marker 300.2, according to KSNT.
Jessica and her daughter Leah died in the wreck, reports KSNT. The six-year-old boy received treatment for serious injuries at Wesley Hospital. The truck driver, 42-year-old Steven Johnson, did not sustain any injuries.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, police arrested the truck driver and is held on $250,000 on suspicion of two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence. The Statesman reports that Thompson was bringing her children back to school following a medical appointment that morning.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. In addition,