A driver died Wednesday morning when a Jeep drove into a oncoming traffic lane and caused a four-vehicle crash north of Cresson.
The Mineral Wells police chief was among the injured.
The crash occurred shortly before 8 a.m. when a Jeep SUV traveling northbound on State Highway 171 crossed the center stripe and struck a Ford F550 pickup head-on, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ricky Hunter.
The collision sent the Ford F550 truck into the path of a northbound Chevrolet pickup and the two vehicles collided, according to DPS.
The Ford truck overturned and came to rest in a barrow ditch, and the Chevrolet pickup went through a fence on the east side of the highway.
A fourth vehicle, a Peterbuilt truck tractor and trailer, received damage when it took evasive action to avoid the collision.
The driver of the Jeep, 24-year-old Mercedes Jordan Martin, of Fort Worth, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two children in the vehicle, ages five and three were secured in child passenger seats and were transported from the scene to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth with injuries that were not disclosed.
The driver of the Ford truck, 30-year-old Adam E. Perkins, of Aledo, and the driver of the Chevrolet pickup, Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean A. Sullivan, 52, of Cleburne, were transported to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth with injuries.
The driver of the Peterbuilt, 54-year-old Robert W. Lowering, of Azle, was not injured.
DPS troopers shut down the highway for several hours to investigate the crash.
The wreck Wednesday morning is the second head-on fatality crash on Cleburne in southern Parker County this week.