Dozens of people came together in the auditorium of Jones High School in Beeville Tuesday night to remember the three children who died when a train hit their car just south of Mathis Saturday morning.
“Three precious smiling children,” said Nancy Traylor, 5th grade teacher of one of the victims, Aiden Posada.
12-year-old Posada and his brother 8-year-old Jacoby Posada died at the scene of the wreck along San Patricio County Road 1132. Investigators say they weren’t wearing seat belts and were thrown from the car. Investigators say their half sister, 5-year-old Aubree Galle, wasn’t in a car seat. A helicopter flew her to the hospital in critical condition where she died Sunday night.
“I cannot imagine the loss of one child, much less three,” Traylor said.
Traylor delivered a poem at the memorial service that also included prayers, a slideshow of pictures of the victims, and a guitarist. Traylor said she spent hours looking for a poem with the appropriate meaning to fit the somber feel in Beeville right now.
The driver of the car, Aubree’s father and stepfather to Aiden and Jacoby, was also flown to the hospital in critical condition after the wreck Saturday. He’s since been released. Investigators aren’t sure why the train’s whistle did not prevent the crash, but there are only warning signs at the crossing where the crash happened. There are no cross arms, lights, or bells.