An East Texas school is mourning the loss of two students who were killed in a tragic car accident earlier this week.
It happened just before 9:00 p.m. Tuesday on FM 123 in Panola County. Texas Department of Public Safety says a 2007 Dodge pickup truck driven by 17 year-old Collin Williams of DeBerry, hydroplaned on the slippery wet road, lost control and struck a tree. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.
His passenger, 18 year-old Madison Rambin Niemtschk of Carthage was airlifted to University Health in Shreveport where she later died from her injuries.
Both were students at Carthage High School in Texas; Collin was a sophomore and Madison was a junior. On Wednesday, students and faculty at the school held an impromptu vigil remembering the lives of Williams and Rambin.
The school released the following statement regarding the incident.
"Collin Williams was a transfer student from Garrison ISD. His short time here at Carthage was marked by his love of welding and working with his hands. Collin excelled in the welding shop, and was known to build sets for the Drama department whenever someone had an idea for him to tackle.
Madison Niemtschk was also a transfer student from Garrison ISD. She had a love for art, and was known during her short time at Carthage for her love of drawing. Madison was set to begin painting windows of area businesses for the Christmas holidays, as a fund raiser for CHS.
Both students will be dearly missed, and counselors have been working closely with teachers to help all those through this time of grief.
Our thoughts and prayers are with both families. "
Carthage High School principal Otis Amy told KTBS 3 News that each teacher was given step-by-step procedures on how to handle grieving students. A crisis center was set up for grieving students and local youth ministers helped with counseling.
Visitation for Collin Williams is on Friday from 6-8pm at the Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. Services for Collin is set for Saturday, November 9th at 10:00 a.m. at Northside Christian Center.
Services for Madison Niemtschk is set for November 18th at 2:00 p.m. at Alvin Baptist Church in Garrison.