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Major wreck leaves three in critical condition

Pampa, TX -  Three children remain in critical condition after a major collision.

The 15-year-old driver was coming out of Borger traveling East when the wreck happened yesterday afternoon.

Pampa Police were called to the intersection of 23rd Avenue and Price Road.

They found a vehicle driven by a 15-year-old female with a 9-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl inside had been struck by a semi truck.

Officers say the girl failed to stop at the intersection and the boy was ejected from the vehicle.

"We do not believe that the 2 children in the back were seat belted," says Detective Jason Collier. "Investigation at this point doesn't show that they were seat belted in."

The girl was flown to an Amarillo hospital with critical injuries, while the 9-year-old has life threatening injuries and the 7-year-old is in critical condition.

The driver of the semi had his 5-year-old daughter with him and neither of them were injured.

Collier tells us the young girl did have a permit, however per Texas law, she should have had a licensed driver with her.

"We have visited with the DA on this case and if something does come up to where a possible criminal charge can be filed in this, he is willing to visit with us about it and look at criminal charges against anybody who allows an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle," says Collier.

Collier tells us the intersection has proven to be a problem area in the past.
As you can see in this dash cam video from January, there was another major semi accident in the same intersection.
While this is a problem he hopes will be solved in the future, collier has a piece of advice for any driver.

"It's simple...seat belts save lives. And everybody in the vehicle is required by law to wear a seat belt and of course kids need to be in their child safety seats. But we see so many accidents and so many lives are saved just by merely wearing your seat belt," says Collier.

Pampa Police tell us they are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this wreck.

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