AMARILLO, Texas — A wrong-way driver is suspected of being intoxicated when he slammed into another vehicle head-on in the Texas Panhandle on Saturday — leaving four dead, including a father and two of his children and critically injuring another child.

The crash occurred at approximately 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2019, approximately 12 miles north of Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County.

According to preliminary crash investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety and witness statements to investigators, 35-year-old Mario Alberto was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche southbound in the northbound lanes when he struck a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro head-on.

Alberto, who was not wearing a seatbelt and believed to be intoxicated, was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to DPS.

The driver of the Camaro, 34-year-old Trey Tipton of Dumas, Texas, was pronounced deceased at the scene as well as two of his children — a five-year-old female passenger and a nine-year-old male passenger. Tipton's 13-year-old daughter was airlifted to Amarilllo Northwest Texas Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

An autopsy has been ordered for both drivers.

The crash remains under investigation.


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