Young sisters killed in I-20 crash remembered as "beautiful examples of Jesus' love"

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Family and friends of two young sisters killed in a chain-reaction crash on I-20 in Abilene remember the girls as "beautiful examples of Jesus' love".

Melissa Grace Lindley, 14, and Starla Lindley, 11, were both killed when their vehicle was rear-ended by a truck while they were stopped due to another accident near mile marker 290 just after 8:15 a.m. Friday.

A family friend told KTAB and KRBC "both sweet girls were a beautiful example of Jesus' love, full of kindness, friends with everyone, and inspiring with their constant joy."

The Lindley sisters' funeral will take place at the Church of Christ in Clyde Wednesday at  10:00 a.m., and visitation services will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Howard Funeral Home. 


During a press conference Friday morning, Police Chief Stan Standridge said a heavy utility vehicle lost its rear axle and wheels while traveling in the westbound lanes of I-20, causing it to flip then roll off the embankment. 

Motorists were merging into a single lane due to this crash when the vehicle containing the children slowed with traffic and was hit by a truck that failed to slow down, according to Chief Standridge.

An updated press release from Monday afternoon reveals witnesses report seeing the driver of the truck "traveling quickly" before crashing into the Lindley's vehicle. 

The Lindley sisters were killed on impact and their mother, who was driving, was transported to Hendrick Medical Center and is expected to survive. 

The driver of the heavy utility truck involved in the initial accident was hospitalized as well but is also expected to survive. 

6 total vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash, but no additional injuries were reported.

The exact cause of this fatal crash is still under investigation.

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