2 Amherst sisters dead after 3-vehicle crash in Hockley County

Fundraisers set up to help family with medical, funeral expenses

2 Amherst sisters dead after 3-vehicle crash in Hockley County
Wendy Ella Payne and Aranza Payne both died in the crash on Aug. 7, 2019. Their unnamed 14-year-old sister was seriously injured in the crash. (Source: GoFundMe page)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Two people have died and six others were injured after a three-vehicle crash in Hockley County. Wendy Ella Payne, an 18-year-old from Amherst, and Aranza Payne, her 16-year-old sister also of Amherst, were killed in the crash.

The crash was reported around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 84, near mile marker 294, according to the Department of Public Safety.

A 2011 GMC SUV, driven by 28-year-old Jasmine Nicole Burman of San Angelo, was driving north with four other passengers who were minors when she hit the 1999 Ponitac Grand Am Wendy Ella Payne was driving.

In the Pontiac was her sister and two other passengers.

A short time later, after the crash, a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta driven by 72-year-old John Howard Aasen came from behind and also hit the Pontiac, according to DPS. Aasen was towing a utility trailer at the time of the crash.

Wendy Ella Payne was pronounced dead at the scene. Aranza Payne was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock but later died.

Burman, three of her passengers, and both passengers driving with the Payne sisters were taken to UMC with serious injuries. One of those injured was another, unnamed, Payne sister.

A memorial fund has been established through the First Federal Bank in Littlefield, according to a Facebook post from the Lamb County Extension and 4-H club.

A GoFundMe has also been set up to pay for some of the costs related to the two girls death and one of the sister’s medical expenses. That link can be found here.

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