Wills Point ISD impacted by the news; motorists cautioned to use seat belts
Monitor Staff Reports
OUACHITA PARISH, LA.–Tragedy struck a Terrell family Wednesday night when a single car crash left five family members dead and three injured in Ouachita Parish, La.
The family was headed eastbound on Interstate 20 on the way to Walt Disney World in Florida to vacation when the 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe veered into the median, ejecting six from the vehicle. According to police reports, the driver, a 16-year-old, overcorrected and the vehicle rolled.
Trudi Hardman, a kindergarten teacher at Wills Point ISD, and her husband Michael Hardman, a second-grade teacher at Terrell ISD, were killed in the crash. Michael Hardman was also a former teacher at Wills Point.
Three of their children, ages 4, 7 and 15 were also killed in the wreck. The 15-year-old was a sophomore at Wills Point High School and the 7-year-old attended the intermediate school there.
The driver, a junior at Wills Point ISD, and the two remaining passengers were taken to a hospital with minor to moderate injuries. None of the ejected passengers were wearing a seat belt.
Wills Point ISD released this statement in response to the crash:
“Words cannot express the sadness in our hearts today. The Hardman family was in a serious accident in Louisiana last night. Five family members were lost in the accident and three survived.
“Mrs. Hardman was a Kindergarten teacher at our Primary. Please keep the family and their friends in your thoughts and prayers. The impact of the tragedy is far reaching and has effected each campus. Also, keep the family of Jami Johnson, another teacher, in your prayers as this has also impacted her family as well with the loss of one son and two others injured.” Counselors have been made available on each campus for students and staff, it continued.
Police believe the driver may have fallen asleep prior to the crash and impairment is not suspected as a cause of the wreck.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Lousiana State Police released a statement following the crash, cautioning drivers to buckle up.