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North Texas community mourns mother and three children after fatal crash – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The North Texas city of Chico is mourning the loss of a woman and her three small children.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the family died in a fiery car crash early Tuesday morning in Wise County.

On Wednesday, the agency released the names of the three children: Skyla Price, 10; Gracie Mullins, 8; and Avery Mullins, 3. Their mother was 32-year-old Brandy Price.

One of Price’s friends, who did not want to appear on camera, shared photos of the family with NBC 5 and said Price was a “wonderful person” and mother who was always happy and cheerful.

Brandy Price and her three children.  Texas DPS said the family died in a car accident on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.
Brandy Price and her three children. Texas DPS said the family died in a car accident on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

Chico ISD had said two of the children attended elementary school.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson said grief counselors were still on campus to help faculty and students cope with the sudden loss.

State troopers said the family was traveling west on FM 1810 near County Road 1340 around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

They said Price tried to pass in a no-passing zone and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer.

Investigators said the family’s SUV caught fire.

“I was outside walking my dog ​​and I looked up and saw smoke,” said Patti Hudgins, who lives near the crash site.

Hudgins came across the fiery wreckage.

“(I felt) scared because we live there and just… I didn’t know what was going on. And if I could, I would have gone there, but I didn’t. And I feel bad about what happened,” she said.

Hudgins said she did not know the family, but her coworkers at a local grocery store said they remembered Price as a regular customer who was always kind.

Price’s friend said they are still in shock over losing her bright light.